Poetry Analysis: "Conjoined" vs "Most Like an Arch This Marriage"

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Poetry Analysis: "Conjoined" versus "Most Like an Arch This Marriage"

People often dream of finding the perfect soul mate…a special someone with similar hopes and goals for their future. They dream of someone to share the good and bad times with them. They dream of a person that will love them unconditionally until death parts them. And although I seriously doubt anyone has ever said the sacred marriage vows to another while believing the union would not last forever, the high divorce rate shows that more and more, marriages are failing and separation is highly probable. It’s not clear why some marriages are successful and why some fail, but after reading the two poems, “Most Like an Arch This Marriage” and “Conjoined”, it’s
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After careful review of arches, I've found that they are always built on a firm foundation and that the opening under the arch symbolizes some type of entrance, but almost always, the arch symbolizes a union…and the hope of things to come.
As far as marriages are concerned, for many years, couples used wedding cake toppers that had a bride and groom, often standing under an archway. Today, many couples stand under decorative archways when they are taking their vows, or lighting a unity candle. In “Most Like an Arch”, Ciardi is using the simile of “most like an arch-an entrance which upholds” (1) to symbolize the couple entering into the sacred union of marriage, where he believes that “inside half –heaven unfolds” (4). When speaking of Heaven, I believe he is using a metaphor to compare Heaven to a marriage and that he must consider the union as perfect. He later uses the simile of “most like an arch-two weaknesses that lean” (5) to show that “two fallings become firm” (6). It’s apparent that his take on marriage is without a doubt the same as discussed in The Bible, where it is stated that “the two shall become one flesh” and that the union is forever (Revised Standard Version. Matthew 19.5). He makes it obvious for a simple reader like me to realize that marriage is a balancing act, where two must work together, leaning on each other through the good and bad times. Otherwise, the couple becomes two again…weak…and

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