How does the rhyme scheme of Derek Walcott's "Adam's Song" help to develop specific ideas in the poem?

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This poem is about mankind's loss of innocence and consequent fall from grace, and it uses the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden as its reference point. In the opening stanza, which is a quatrain, there is an alternating rhyme scheme, whereby the first and third lines rhyme ("death," "breath") as do the second and fourth lines ("time," "slime"). In the second stanza, also a quatrain, the rhyme scheme becomes less...

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