Analysis Of Poet Laureate Rennie Mcquilkin's North Of Eden

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North of Eden, written by Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin, is titled after the postlapsarian movement out of Eden by Adam and Eve. The movement out of Eden symbolizes the movement of humans from a life of comfort to one of mortal challenges. McQuilkin develops themes in his novel that mirror his depiction of the transition to a postlapsarian world. Such themes include the immortality of love and the victory of beings against chance. The poems of North of Eden perpetuate a theme of perpetual love in nature and humans alike. In the poem “Holding On”, McQuilkin explores a relationship between a man and a car. However, the car is portrayed as a humanoid being which he loves. Even though the car is old, his love continues to be expressed for it. “I’m holding on to her for our dear life” symbolizes that the man’s love is not nearing the end of its expression, either. McQuilkin uses love as a tool to symbolize the strength of the bond between nature and human beings. Just as love permeates nature, it also exists as a staple in human beings. In “On the Rotting of Apples”, the same cycle of immortality is displayed in an apple. The poem describes the cycle of an apple falling from a tree and then taking root, likely to grow into another tree in the upcoming years. McQuilkin relates this phenomenon to humans and their love as it passes through generations. “If conditions are right...we”ll take root as something else - a mouse, a barn owl, a great grandchild”. Love that
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