Diving into the Wreck
by Adrienne Rich
These items are ruined parts of the ship. They were once useful, but they have been destroyed by the disaster. Unlike the rest of the ruined cargo, these would have been essential instruments for navigating a ship. They were the only way to know what direction you were headed (compass) and where you had been (log).
- Lines 85-86: Like all the other debris in the sunken ship, these objects have been ruined by the sea. Although they were once useful, they now have no purpose. They are a pretty loud metaphor for how powerless we are against nature. We try hard to fight against nature, , but it always wins and eats us up in the end.