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Adam's Curse - Everyone's Fate, Everybody's Tragedy The allusion to the biblical tale of Adam and Eve at William Butler Yeats' poem, "Adam's Curse," reflects the poem's pessimistic theme: the horrible nature of fate. From the story, Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, had defied God, and consequently, were thrown out of paradise. Their punishment (as well as their descendents, everyone's punishment and "fate") was to feel the joys and the pains of being person, such as joy and love but disappointment and work also. Yeats parallels this tragedy of Adam and Eve's newly-found mortality with a narrative which is composed largely of a conversation about the hardships of writing poetry, being delightful, and staying in love. By linking both stories, he implies that such endeavors aren't simply laborious aspects of life, but may be "destined" to end or fail also. Yeats further determines the inevitability of something ending by setting the conversation "at a summer's end" (1) and later having the speakers see "the final embers of daylight die" (29) whenever the conversation itself dies. Before the conversation expires, however, Yeats' character starts the talk with the subject of poetry. What is interesting is that they're not writing lines together, but are talking the end consequences of poems' lines. According to the persona, the practice of producing poetry, including the hours spent in writing and rewriting the lines, or as Yeats states it, "stitching and unstitching" (6), ultimately will be insignificant if the traces are ineffective. Although he sees the act of writing poetry as harder than physical labour, he would rather "scrub a kitchen pavement" (8) or perform other labor-intensive, yet demeaning jobs, than cr...