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The most universal ritual symbolizing a sacred union of a man and a woman marriage may be expressed by the joining of hands an exchange of rings or chains by the tying of garments or by the symbol of an archway Historically the church has deemed marriage as a lifelong and sacred union that could be dissolved only by the death of one of the spouses John Ciardi seems to capture the basic theme of marriage and the unification of two beings by using imagery and tone in his poems Most Like an Arch This Marriage and Men Marry What They Need Ciardis Most Like an Arch This Marriage describes marriage as an archway that can stand against the forces of nature and gain its strength from two pillars that come to one point It is by falling in and in we make the all-bearing point909 Ciardi seems to be describing the archway that often appears on top of a wedding cake That archway stands as a symbol of unity renewal perfection and as a symbol of hope The dictionary describes an arch as a typically curved structural member spanning an opening and serving as a support An entrance which upholds Ciardi 909 uses this definition of an arch as a symbol of strength in unity Ciardi uses the interpretation of marriage Matt 195and the two shall become one flesh by telling the reader that a couple that has been wed shall be two weaknesses that lean into a strength Two fallingsthatbecome firm909 Ciardi gives the reader a feeling of hope perfection and of renewal The reader gets the sense of perfection from Inside half-heaven unfolds908 Ciardi is telling the reader that marriage as an arch is in search of perfection Heaven in itself is a symbol of perfection that all human beings are striving for Ciardi uses half heaven to describe an arch that looks like a half-circle The reader also
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