Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #4

And God will grow no talons at his heels,
Nor antlers through the thickness of his curls. (11-12)

According to the speaker here, humanity will never lose its innocence. It will never magically morph into a killing machine to begin with. The "talons" seem to represent a weapon of some kind. God will never give the boy "talons," which is another way of saying humanity will never become biologically equipped for killing.

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