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William Butler Yeats' "Adam's Curse" The poem "Adam's Curse" (William Butler Yeats, reprinted in Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair. The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, 2nd ed. [W.W. Norton second, the "pain and hard work" (p147) of being a woman, and ultimately the "pain and hard work" (p147) of making love work. These links make and encourage the fundamental story of this poem, and give the poem its unique feel. The feel of this poem is helped tremendously by the form which is unassuming, as it allows the story tell itself without interfering. Together, the Shape and the numerous examples of a disheartening jolt produce a strong piece of work that can make a reader's heart cry. " A line will take us hours maybe/ Yet if it does not seem a moment's idea/ Our stitching and unstitching has been naught"(4-6). With all these lines, Yeats sets up the situation of poetry reading and deconstructing a poem for greater meaning for his three main characters. They invest many hours considering poetry and if this practice doesn't turn up deeper insight, all their work of analyzing the poem from various perspectives and angles- hence the "stitching and unstitching"(6)- has been for nothing. The narrator and his partners define themselves by their work, and deep down within these their toiling reflects the center of their beings. This sentiment is best exemplified by the lines "Better go down upon your marrow bones/ And clean a.