Essay on Adams Curse by William Butler Yeats

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“Adam’s Curse”
William Butler Yeats William Yeats’ “Adam’s Curse” is a poem that addresses a profound truth of time. Any human accomplishment such as poetry, music, or physical beauty requires much labor and is appreciated by few. He says this through an emotional recollection of a conversation between himself, his lover and her friend. I believe the meaning of the work lays waiting like a net, waiting to catch the reader at surface level. The poem is simplistic in nature, which is quite atypical of Yeats’ poems, yet is considered easily one of the greatest poems he has ever written by critics and scholars. 
 The title itself is an explanation of the poems meaning. "Adams Curse" is from the Bible, a story when God cursed Adam and Eve …show more content…
In the ending to the poem he speaks very compassionately for his lover. To me this is telling the reader that the speaker, who is an obvious poet, has lived a long happy life with a woman whom he finds beautiful. He knows and appreciates what most do not. He says “I strove to love you in the old high way of love”. For the last stanza, the group hushes as he speaks on love. Perhaps he is pointing out that there is nothing as great as love, mans greatest element. His analogy of the moon being “worn as if it had been a shell washed by time’s waters” is an analogy between the moon and our hearts. Although it is obvious he loves his lover and has been happy with her, because of Adam’s fall even the relationship of love will grow weary. 
 In the ending phrase he speaks of their love as “weary-hearted as that hallow moon”. The meaning of this poem is that we are all tied to the curse of Adam. It is a deep philosophical concept that Yeats’ breaches, in a beautiful fashion. Perhaps Yeats’ wanted the reader to simply be aware of the troubles he spoke of, attempting to probe the mind with a new perspective. I believe the poem was a tool for Yeats’ himself to express his own weary

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