John Ciardi’s “Most Like an Arch This Marriage” compares marriage to an arch using imagery, figurative language and diction. An arch is a structure is of two pillars that come together at one point in the center, just like a marriage is a where two people create a life by holding each other up and having a strong bond in the middle of their relationship. In the first quatrain the speaker uses diction and figurative language to create an image in the readers mind of how marriage is like an arch. “Most like an arch-an entrance which upholds” (Line 1), an arch is an entrance with holds up a structure, like a marriage holds up a family.


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