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Fern Hill Commentary The poem Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas renders childhood as a period of paradise The motifs of religion and nature emphasize this theme and provide a direct allusion of the poem to the story of Adam and Eve and their lives in the Garden of Eden This paradise is mirrored in the poem where there was a beautiful farm with rivers bordered by daisies and images of the apple trees in fresh green meadows the setting of the narrators childhood fantasy The motif of nature orients to the perfection and purity of the environment which can be linked to the narrators childhood These motifs stress the theme of a childhood in paradise The motif of religion accentuates the narrators childhood with references to Adam and Eve The phrase And the Sabbath rang slowly in the pebbles of the holy streams displays the image of pebbles in holy streams calling upon others to come and praise as a church or a place of worship and gathering The holy streams not only represent the setting of Fern Hill as the narrators home but also as a holy land that provided the narrators childhood with an eternal paradise When the poet writes Shining it was Adam and maiden he is making a direct allusion of the paradise on Fern Hill to the paradise in which Adam and Eve lived Adam and maiden being an unclear wanderer symbolizes the similar characters there in similar settings Having Adam and the maiden in similar emerge in the narrators setting Thomas shows the characters coexist in similar themes of paradise and innocence In reference to theme the innocence of the narrator was lost much as Adam and Eve also lost their innocence in the Garden of Eden as youth passed by them nevertheless his childhood essence remained within him The theme of living a childhood in a rapturous setting makes references to nature
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