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Blessing the Boats - From quilting (1991), "the garden of delight" Summary & Analysis

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From quilting (1991), "the garden of delight" Summary

This poem suggests that earth experience in the "garden of delight," which is partly Eden and partly the earthly experience generally, may be of the four elements. It may be stone, which in this poem is an image of a bare buttock. It may be water, washing strongly into open mouths. Fire or air are the other choices. Some experience earth as a collection of syllables that, taken together, make up an ineffable something that they long for and search all their lives for. Finally, some people know earth experience as a test.

From quilting (1991), "the garden of delight" Analysis

This is a simple collection of images, first of all of the four elements that attract certain souls to this earth experience, symbolized by the Garden of Eden. The...

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