What might an analysis be of the last stanza of "Adam's Song" by Dereck Walcott?

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Derek Walcott's "Adam's Song" uses the story of Adam and Eve's temptation in the Garden of Eden, and their subsequent expulsion from paradise, to comment more generally on the familiar human longing for a more innocent, peaceful time.

In the final stanza, the speaker recites the song "that Adam sang / against the world he lost to vipers." In other words, this song is a song which defies evil and treachery, and longs instead for the prelapsarian paradise of the Garden of Eden. The song begins, "Heart, you are in my heart as the bird rises." The first "heart" here is perhaps a symbol of all that is, or was, or can be good in the world. The second "heart" refers to the heart of the speaker. When the speaker sings that the first heart is within the second, he...

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