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Please interpret Adrienne rich's poem "Necessities of Life."

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It is also possible to interpret the narrator's re-entry into life not literally but figuratively. Notice that she says, "I seem to re-enter the world." The use of the verb "seem" emphasizes the sense of re-engagement, not literal re-engagement. She continues:

I first began

A small, fixed dot, still see

that old myself, a dark-blue thumbtack

pushed into the scene,

a hard little head protruding

from the pointillist’s buzz and bloom.

She sees her former self as "small" and "fixed," like a dot within a pointillist painting. This indicates that she never felt insignificant, as each dot is necessary to create a full image in a pointillist work, but that she felt like a small part of a whole. It is possible that the narrator is referring to herself during girlhood. When we are children, we are aware of our smallness, but as a girl, the narrator was very firm about who she was, a characteristic that she describes with the metaphor "a dark-blue thumbtack." "A hard little head" could refer to childhood...

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