What is the meaning of line 11 of Gerard Manley Hopkins'  "Spring and Fall"?"Sorrow's springs are the same"?

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In Line 11 of Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Spring and Fall”, we see the poet moving from discussion of the immediate scene of a child mourning the disappearing leaves of autumn to broader theological analysis. The poet suggests that as the child grows older, she will not mourn the falling leaves but instead other things. However, the poet suggests that all grief in fact stems from the same source, namely the fall of humanity and expulsion from the garden of Eden. In a post-Edenic world, mortality and sin become possible, and thus the cause of all sorrow is the same, namely loss of perfect innocence and closeness to God.


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