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Many times simple objects in peoples lives can come to represent a part of themselves The object can become an integral part of a persons identity In Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov the relationship between a woman and her old wedding ring is explored as a way to intertwine the womans life with the rings meaning Through the ring the woman identifies herself The wedding ring is wishfully transformed from a complex symbol of promises to a simple gift of friendship In the opening of Wedding-Ring Levertov sets the tone of the poem by exemplifying the interaction between the speakers feelings and the wedding ring My wedding ring lies in a basket as if at the bottom of a well 12 The first two lines of the poem paints a picture of a lonely woman trying to depart with the last memory of her marriage her wedding ringThe comparison between the basket and the bottom of the well accentuates the low point in the womans ending marriage Having compared the shallow basket to the deep well the poet implies to the reader that the speaker is feeling sorrow and therefore her surroundings may also seem sad and empty This displays the relationship of how the wedding ring and her feelings are connectedThis image of the wedding rings location is further described as Levertov writes It lies among keys to abandoned houses nails waiting to be needed and hammered 567 Not only does the ring lie in the bottom of a well it is along with other long forgotten objects The use of abandoned houses brings images of loneliness and emptiness The speaker also uses violent nouns and verbs such as nails and hammered to describe the setting of her ring Nails alone are just mere objects but nails that are hammered and are forced to be used to hold things together hold a much higher value Like the womans wedding ring
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