Analysis Of The Poem ' Diving Into The Wreck ' By Adrienne Rich

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Adrienne Rich 's piece, “Diving into the Wreck” published in 1973 takes readers on a journey to the seemingly complex pits of the ocean to view a vividly described shipwreck (McKay, “Adrienne Rich”). Rich paints a picture of her mysterious journey to the shipwreck and forces the audience to take a closer look at what the shipwreck as well as her overall journey are truly symbolizing. Adrienne Rich effortlessly includes several elements and vehicles of poetry within her piece such as imagery, allusions, repetition, and symbolism in order to create a piece which allows her to expose the theme of gender identity and gender roles within society as well as the overall theme of finding oneself after disaster, despair, and the recurrence of unfortunate events.
Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) was born in Baltimore, Maryland during the midst of the Vietnam War. She had a desired and educational upbringing largely in part to her parent’s wishes for her to possess an intellectual mindset and way of thinking (McKay, “Adrienne Rich”). A poet and essayist, Rich grew to become a renowned and respected literary figure due to her ability to readily address topics of great interest and concern such as feminism, women’s rights and deep-seated political content (Fox). In “Diving into the Wreck”, Rich writes, “the evidence of damage/ worn by salt and sway into this threadbare beauty/ the ribs of the disaster” (66-68). She uses the imagery of the shipwreck being completely worn down and destroyed to…

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