Diving into the Wreck
Diving into the Wreck Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Exploration is the activity that takes place in this poem. Whatever else the speaker is doing or feeling or saying, she is diving down into the ocean to explore. We are used to this idea of explori...
Man and the Natural World
The diver in "Diving into the Wreck" has an amazing, maybe even transcendental, experience underwater. Everything about the ocean world is fascinating, new, and intense. We aren't merely looking at...
Check out all the ways that things change in "Diving into the Wreck." First we watch the speaker put on fins, change into a diver. Then we enter the water, a whole new world, with new rules. Petty...
This theme flashes by, but we think it's an important flash. Toward the end of "Diving into the Wreck," the speaker refers to herself or himself as a man and a woman. We often don't know the gender...
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