Living in Sin
by Adrienne Rich
There is a little bit of irony in the way night and day are used in this poem. Usually we expect darkness to suggest some sort of negativity, and we expect light to indicate something positive. But in this poem, the night seems to cover up the negative aspects of the woman's life, whereas the daylight makes it glaringly obvious.
- Lines 9-11: Here the morning light "coldly" highlights the filth of the food scraps in the kitchen, leftover from the night before. Ew.
- Line 23: At night, though, the woman is "back in love" and seems to be able to ignore everything that is wrong with the studio (the relationship). It's like the night closes her eyes to the harsh reality that the daylight reveals.
- Lines 25-26: But we end on the bitter note of daylight, which never stops returning to shed light on everything that is wrong with the studio (relationship). Thanks a lot, sun!