Climbing Summary & Study Guide

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Lines 1-2

In the first few lines of "Climbing," the speaker sets the tone of the poem by describing a ghostly apparition. By describing the woman on the rope as having "dangling braids the color of rain," the speaker signals that she is in the realm of the imagination. Rain is transparent and has no color per se. Rope, as a symbol, has many associations: it is both a form of transportation and a device used to pull things. It can also be used to hang people. The fact that it is a "long rope" implies that the speaker has a hard journey ahead of her.

Lines 6-9

In these lines, the speaker reflects on the degree of desire she has had in her life. She uses the metaphor of the bowl inside of her to represent this desire. The image of the bowl is significant because it...

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