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Living in Sin The poem Living in Sin by Adrienne Rich is a womans account of the brief yet emotionally draining affair she had with the milkman in the morning apparently after her husband left for work Through Richs careful working of the events in the poem you begin to understand the kind of heartache and confusion that comes along with cheating on your spouse Rich uses many different figurative and symbolic means to underline how the woman is living with the sin that she has committed and briefly how the milkman views the affair The title Living in Sin gives us our first glimpse as what the poem is going to contain It is later found that it could be taken literally as in the house she is living in represent her sin or figuratively as in her life is consumed with sin because of this event The first line describes how the woman first believed that her marriage would last inevitably and how her studio would keep itself This shows that this woman came into the marriage under the impression that the marriage would not require much work and that it would be self-maintaining Rich uses the word studio to describe the marriage in the context that a place of shelter such as studio could also symbolize the shelter that is associated with a marriage Rich goes on to describe how she thought there would be no dust on the furniture of love Here Rich means that she felt their love would last forever without getting old Love is put in the context with furniture to describe how if love gets the symbolic dust on it then it is dirty and no longer as pure as it one was The dust becomes a reoccurring metaphor for the turmoil in her marriage This line and the furniture of love could also be taken literally If dust is allowed to settle on the furniture
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