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Living in Sin

Living in Sin

by Adrienne Rich

Living in Sin Summary

The title lets us know that we're dealing with an unmarried couple living together. The poem describes a big difference between the way the woman imagined her studio would look—absolutely perfect and charming—and the way it actually looks: really run down and in need of a serious cleaning! Meanwhile, the man in the relationship acts bored and goes off on a boring errand. Later that night, the woman feels a bit better, but she's kept awake by the thought of what tomorrow will bring.

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