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The Loves Portrayed in Living in SinWith anxiety and some precaution Adrienne Rich presents an image with multiple meanings Her ability to present thoughts in such a precise manner allows the reader to envision possible interpretations and yet to focus finally on the main point she makes A woman bound to her husband feels by forces beyond her control the need of a frequent visitorRich with delicate hints enters the evil which encompasses the sin insinuated throughout the poem The reader stands aside with the approacher and peeks in through grimey panes He does his bidding and departs leaving the woman but a memory to recognize him when he comes again Meanwhile the husbands unaware figure is present and then is not The woman must make haste of what she has formed--an evil dust on the furniture of loveA boiling pot of coffee on the stove signifies normalcy but the woman is caught in a twister of emotions Mate or milkman Two different loves overwhelm her Only one steals her from her slumber She is controlled by lustful demons she does not wish to rebuke In a battle of soul and flesh Rich emphasizes the dominance of the flesh in a story unfortunately too commonly known
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