The dream is the invention of the dreamer, and the content of the dream moves in symbols of sustenance and of comfort. As she reaches down, she feels that she has played the double roles of mermaid and merman. When I'm in a group of women, where I have a sense of real energy flowing and of power in the best sense--not power of domination, but just access to sources--I have some sense of what that could be like. I came to explore the wreck. Extended metaphors are described as exploiting a single metaphor throughout an entire work. I came to see the damage that was done and the treasures that prevail.
The dream is the invention of the dreamer, and the content of the dream moves in symbols of sustenance and of comfort. At the end of the poem, Rich does not declare whether the journey is right or wrong, she simply suggests everybody take their camera and knife and explore in the deep sea, to find their own self and mark their names in the book of myths. First having read the book of myths, and loaded the camera, and checked the edge of the knife-blade, I put on the body-armor of black rubber the absurd flippers the grave and awkward mask. It shows how they had to shed their femininity in order to be accepted by corporate America. Copyright © 1994 by the University of Tennessee Press. Family can be your parents, spouse, children, brother, sister, grandmother, uncle, any blood relative, or even people who are not blood related that share that common bond Webster 475.
But Rich takes this idea even further: it is not only the artist who must make the emphatic leap beyond gender, but any of us who would try to save the world from destruction. Rich perceives feminism as the murky deep task that forces her to dive into the deep sea and find out the sunken ruins. She is possibly speaking of all the women around the world who are fighting for her rights. Within the first three lines of the poem, Rich presents three concrete images which have symbolic meaning. Poetic Devices in Diving into the Wreck- Free Verse: Being written in free verse, the poem does not comply with the traditional pattern of meter and rhyme i.
Feminism is not just a random word, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary the definitions are: 1 - the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities and 2 - organized activity in support…. She is searching for the permanent rewards of breaking the glass ceiling. The body-armor is the business attire she must wear before the male-sominated business community will take her seriously. Is the poem an account of an adventure from some vacation cruise? She is not talking of the physical ladder; here it represents a journey, or doorway. She is attempting, being in a schooner out at sea, to dive into the ocean so as to search for a wreck underneath. So many threats await down the deep level of the sea, yet the charming adventure raises the irresistible invitation into the unknown world where the woman may find her hidden self. Their names are not contained in that book of myths.
In a lengthier discussion, these and other elements could be explored. She does not have a team like that of fellow explorer. For there is no understanding the wreck without becoming it, if only for a moment. It may be that both Rich and her readers are relieved to have their fear and their desire conjoined in symbols so stylized and abstract. The diving industry is categorized into two: skin and Scuba diving. Her works reflected her personal insights and experiences that showed how women like her dealt with her life. I stroke the beam of my lampslowly along the flankof something more permanentthan fish or weedthe thing I came for:the wreck and not the story of the wreckthe thing itself and not the myththe drowned face always staringtoward the sunthe evidence of damageworn by salt and away into this threadbare beautythe ribs of the disastercurving their assertionamong the tentative haunters.
The kind of political awareness she advocates may cost a loss of personal freedom. She goes on to mention all the good things that will come out of her fight. She was one of the people to journey into the wreck, and is why Rich is not completely alone. Download file to see previous pages It tends to transform the lives of many women and change the views of men toward the counterpart in various ways. The poem is utterly personal but there is nothing in it which draws away into private life. Rich's poem, Diving Into the Wreck explores the struggles of a woman in a patriarchal society.
The sharp, short and all business like tone in the poem poses an interesting disparity with the stunning, extraordinary, calm world under the water. But feminism is only a part of the larger human struggle to view the wreck and not the story of the wreck, to see beyond the lens of male and female, to realize that we are neither Dido nor Aeneas. I am she: I am he. A Poetry of Survival: Un-naming and Renaming in the Poe try of AudreLorde, Pat Parker, Sylvia Plath, and Adrienne Rich. Is it the female body, her own? By describing the tedious process of preparing one's human self for this exploration, Rich conveys to the reader that this journey is not one to be taken lightly, and one must know what he or she is getting into and be ready for what the discovery may bring. From Our Last First Poets: Vision and History in Contemporary American Poetry. The soldier describes the fear of awakening from the naive state of childhood into the preeminent likelihood of his death during the 'State' of war line 1.
The wreck represents the battered hulk of the sexual definitions of the past, which Rich, as an underwater explorer, must search for evidence of what can be salvaged. The freely placed lines and unique structure do not break up the poem, instead they bring power and significance to the unique features of her individual poems, stressing the meaning of the poem to the reader. Psychoanalysis, Historiography, and Feminist Theory: The Search for Critical Method. The ending of the poem continues unveiling the meaning of the poem ever so slightly. She also showed how patriarchal society oppressed women as she made use of Nazi, Facist, and Jews in the picture of the Holocaust and how women suffered Yingling and Wiegman 155.
By recalling the ancient chthonic mysteries of blood and birth, by reconnecting daughters with their mothers, by drawing parallels between women today and their historical counterparts, and by envisioning the women of the future who will emerge from the feminist struggle, her poetry celebrates women's strength and possibilities. Copyright © 1981 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Press. We feel she is panting with quick breaths. Social history is written from the point of view of males. The camera is to record the journey through our past, McDaniel.
Rich grasps androgyny and combines strengths pledging her to. Central Idea of Diving into the Wreck- The Search for Truth: The poem is implicitly about the exploration of the innermost self of the speaker, the inner most strengths that had been suppressed under societal constructs. Otherwise it is a piece of maritime floss some sundry equipment. She explores the wreck and records for us, her experiences. Then she mentions the ladder, which is a literal passage way from the boat, into the ocean. She came to explore and investigate the business world. Taking the reference of Jacques Cousteau, a naval officer in France, she reminds that she has gone under water alone.