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Analysis

A Song of Despair Allusions & Cultural References

When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Religious References

  • Genesis 2:23 (21). This is a reference to when Adam finally sees his brand-new girlfriend, Eve. He says "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man." So this allusion reminds us immediately of the first ever love affair.
  • Genesis 3 (27). Just when you thought things were nice and lovey-dovey, like Adam and Eve, a snake shows up. Eve offers Adam the forbidden fruit and gets them kicked out of paradise forever. And from here on out, women will be blamed for tempting men to do bad things. Thanks a lot, Eve!
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