A.D. Hope: "Paradise Saved"
Australian poet Alec Derwent Hope (1907-2000), better known as A.D. Hope, is one of those well-known poets whom I'd never before heard of . . . never before Milton scholar John Rumrich posted on the Milton List a poem by Hope's that presents a version of the Fall other than the one Milton presents in Paradise Lost:
I suppose that there are always consequences, but if -- as the poet says -- God is more than just, why would He leave Adam bereaved? Perhaps because of Adam's pride? Yet, pride is a sin -- the authentically original one -- so why would Adam remain in Paradise? Because he didn't break the sole command not to eat of that tree in Hope's counterfactual reconstruction? Therefore no punishment? Or was the penalty for his pride the punishment of remaining, unloved, in the Garden?Adam, indignant, would not eat with Eve,Paradise Saved
They say, and she was driven from his side.
Watching the gates close on her tears, his pride
Upheld him, though he could not help but grieve,
And climbed the wall, because his loneliness
Pined for her lonely figure in the dust:
Lo, there were two! God who is more than just
Sent her a helpmeet in that wilderness.
Day after day he watched them in the waste
Grow old breaking the harsh unfriendly ground,
Bearing their children, till at last they died.
While Adam, whose fellow God had not replaced,
Lived on immortal, young, with virtue crowned,
Sterile and impotent and justified.
Tomorrow, I'll post another poet's different interpretation of the expulsion.