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From A Survivor Analysis

Author: poem of Adrienne Rich Type: poem Views: 18

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The pact that we made was the ordinary pact

of men & women in those days

I don't know who we thought we were

that our personalities

could resist the failures of the race

Lucky or unlucky, we didn't know

the race had failures of that order

and that we were going to share them

Like everybody else, we thought of ourselves as special

Your body is as vivid to me

as it ever was: even more

since my feeling for it is clearer:

I know what it could and could not do

it is no longer

the body of a god

or anything with power over my life

Next year it would have been 20 years

and you are wastefully dead

who might have made the leap

we talked, too late, of making

which I live now

not as a leap

but a succession of brief, amazing movements

each one making possible the next


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When she and her husband married she thought of it as the norm, they were superior and could tackle any obstacle coming their way. But later she learned they were, in fact, just human beings and could not pretend to be something they were not. Adrienne could not hide the fact she was a lesbian and carry on living this lie. In this poem specifically, she addresses her late husband and tells us that as she looks back in hind sight she appreciates the man he was but unfortunately could not love him as her husband. It has a sense of sadness as she did care for him as a person and him passing was a sad time for her. The title signifies that she is the person who \"survived\" the marriage and the false life. Unfortunately, her husband could not carry on with life outside the marriage. And so, she lives her life and makes every step forward to be successful.
16, Student, Ireland.

| Posted on 2011-09-27 | by a guest

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there is many ways to interpret this poem the lines about the leap they could of made may have been becoming friends, divorcing or trying to recover their marriage

| Posted on 2011-09-21 | by a guest

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This poem is describing the narrator's success of overcoming her husband's death. More specifically, the narrator is Adrienne Rich, and she is writing about the suicide of her husband Alfred Conrad in 1970. She can now understand the type of man he was, and he no longer has any power over her. They entered their marriage, as was expected of them durng the time, however neglected to realize other aspects necessary to maintain a healthy marriage. The end of the poem explains the narrators ability to move on in life, as she isnt burdened with the grief of her husbands death any longer.

| Posted on 2009-04-15 | by a guest

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