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Diving into the Wreck


The poem “Diving into the Wreck,” by Adrienne Rich, was published in 1973.  It is part of a poetry collection with that same title.  The poem is about the exploration of a sunken ship to discover why it sank and to retrieve any treasure.  The idea of descent and return is a famous one in Western literature.  Also, this feminist poem describes a woman’s search for inner strength and self-fulfillment.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Adrienne Rich  (Subject Keywords)
  • Diving Into the Wreck (Title Keywords)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS147 .A39
  • PS323.5 .V4
  • PS3535 .I233



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). American Women Poets. 1986.

                     Call Number: PS147 .A39 1986

  • Cooper, Jane Roberta (ed.).  Reading Adrienne Rich. 1984.

                      Call Number:  PS3535 .I233 Z87 1984

  • Keyes, Claire.  The Aesthetics of Power: The Poetry of Adrienne Rich. 1986.

                      Call Number:  PS3535 .I233 Z73 1986

  • Langdell, Cheri. Adrienne Rich: The Moment of Change. 2004.

                      Call Number:  PS3535 .I233 Z75 2004

  • Sickels, Amy. Adrienne Rich. 2005.

                      Call Number:  PS3535 .I233 Z88 2005

  • Templeton, Alice. The Dream and the Dialogue: Adrienne Rich’s Feminist Poetics.


                       Call Number:  PS3535 .I233 Z89 1994



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 3, pgs. 427-429

o   Vol. 6, pg. 459

o   Vol. 11, pgs. 475- 478

o   Vol. 36, pgs. 374, 377

o   Vol. 76, pgs. 210-211

o   Vol. 125, pgs. 319, 332

  • Critical Survey of PoetryCall Number:  REF PN1021 .C7 2003

o   Vol. 6, pg. 3193

  • Masterplots II, Poetry SeriesCall Number: REF PN1110.5 .M37 2002

o   Vol. 2, pgs. 1059-61

  • Poetry CriticismCall Number: REF PN1010 .P6

o   Vol. 5, pgs. 371, 374, 376, 394-395


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