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Surname Student’s name Professor Course Date “Diving into the Wreck”: Rich’s Theme of Loneliness through Setting, Symbols and Imagery Although Adrienne Rich’s “Diving into the Wreck” is written in a first person perspective, the poem’s symbolic representations are anything but single minded. The use of ambiguity within the poem allows for multiple ways to interpret the poem, creating no suggestion of a single possible interpretation. In the first stanza her poem, Rich’s speaker reads “the book of myths” (Rich 1) before setting off. The symbolic meaning of the book of myths can be interpreted in many ways. The book could commonly be interpreted as a source of wisdom and history but can also be referred to as a symbol of false hopes and lies that one should try to avoid. In Rich’s poem, its true purpose remains hidden. This ambiguity is further highlighted with the lines “a book of myths in which our names do not appear” (92-94) where after all of the exploring, the book remains nameless: it is as if the book did not tell them anything. There is no suggestion for the actual purpose of the book and it does not seem to be referenced throughout the play either. Through the ambiguity and open nature of the poem the reader is not given any correct path for interpretation. As such, readers are free to interpret the poem without restriction. The first literary element that Rich uses in “Diving into the Wreck” to support the theme of loneliness is the setting. Rich uses the ocean as the setting of the poem, this gargantuan and desolate area with no one around to let the reader grasp just how lonely the diver at this stage is. As the diver prepares to enter the water he/she states that they are “having to do this not like Cousteau with his assiduous team aboard the sun-flooded schooner but here alone” (Rich 8-12).
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  • Spring '12
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