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Living In Sin Analysis

Author: poem of Adrienne Rich Type: poem Views: 41

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She had thought the studio would keep itself;

no dust upon the furniture of love.

Half heresy, to wish the taps less vocal,

the panes relieved of grime. A plate of pears,

a piano with a Persian shawl, a cat

stalking the picturesque amusing mouse

had risen at his urging.

Not that at five each separate stair would writhe

under the milkman's tramp; that morning light

so coldly would delineate the scraps

of last night's cheese and three sepulchral bottles;

that on the kitchen shelf amoong the saucers

a pair of beetle-eyes would fix her own--

envoy from some village in the moldings...

Meanwhile, he, with a yawn,

sounded a dozen notes upon the keyboard,

declared it out of tune, shrugged at the mirror,

rubbed at his beard, went out for cigarettes;

while she, jeered by the minor demons,

pulled back the sheets and made the bed and found

a towel to dust the table-top,

and let the coffee-pot boil over on the stove.

By evening she was back in love again,

though not so wholly but throughout the night

she woke sometimes to feel the daylight coming

like a relentless milkman up the stairs.


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The Milkman cums at 5, and he has a package for her. ;)

| Posted on 2015-01-25 | by a guest

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The woman is naive, she, like her partner is under the illusion that love will hold the relationship together. Yet she is fooling herself and t the end of they day is the same as her mother annd grandmother. Rich expresses that no matter how hard you try, you cannot change a man. It is not the man\'s fault, this is who he is inside and that is the kind of man she chose to spend her life life with. Just like Aunt Jennifer, the woman lives in fear, she fears loosing him and so she does not express her feelings. The milkman brings the reality of life to her, he shows us how disturbed the woman is by the prospect of day.

| Posted on 2012-01-25 | by a guest

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For all of you who keep say...\" No that\'s not what this poem is about.\" SHUT UP. Look, I am not sure about this one..and I am not the smartest person to post on this thread, but one thing I do know...Interpretations vary so do not criticize someone for having a different opinion than you. The beautiful thing about poetry is the fact that they are open to numerous interpretations...let\'s keep it that way.

| Posted on 2011-03-08 | by a guest

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To whoever wrote, \"\"Living in Sin\" is critism of our society\'s new social norm regarding cohabitation. Rich is not condemning sex outside of wedlock so much as she is condemning the idea that one can escape an emotionally static relationship by \"living together\" while not actually getting married. The prevailing ideology is that because you are not \"trapped\" by marriage vows, your relationship can remain exciting, and Rich clearly refutes this.\"
Marry me? Or, perhaps, just write my explication for English 1102? I mean, only if you don\'t wanna marry me. >> It could be exciiiting. No? You break my heart.

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest

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I disagree completely that the poet was suggesting adultry between the woman and the milkman. To come to this conclusion simply means that you have not looked at the poem in enough depth to understandthat Adrienne Rich was poetically painting a picture of one womans rebellious regret of choosing a risky, yet passionate relationship out of wedlock, over what was expected of her by everyone else,society..family..her own conscience. It was an act of defiance that proved to get the better of her!!

| Posted on 2010-02-25 | by a guest

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Rich isnt condemning anything in this poem. she is simply illustrating society's expectations for women. The woman in this poem wanted to believe that she could have the fairytale lovestory but she falls into the stereotypical role of the domesticated woman which she hoped not to be, and there isn't much she can do about it. The ''minor demons'' refers to society basically saying 'i told you so'. society told her that she couldnt live with a man out of wedlock and she couldnt have her dream life where they shared the responsibilities, and it was right. It is just how it happened to be back then.

| Posted on 2009-10-18 | by a guest

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"Living in Sin" is critism of our society's new social norm regarding cohabitation. Rich is not condemning sex outside of wedlock so much as she is condeming the idea that one can escape an emotionally static relationship by "living together" while not actually getting married. The prevailing idealogy is that because you are not "trapped" by marriage vows, your relationship can remain exciting, and Rich clearly refutes this.

| Posted on 2009-03-27 | by a guest

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That is not threw, Living in sin is about the sexist discrimatnation in '1950s' America, Shes trying to show people that she wanted to be artistic, But she was confined to domestic household things.

| Posted on 2009-01-15 | by a guest

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I believe that the author Adrienne Rich was attempting to display the sad story of a women that is having an affair with the steemy hot, milkman!!! woowee! man was she trying to get a squirt out of him ;P

| Posted on 2008-12-03 | by a guest

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