Eden Rock Summary & Analysis by Charles Causley

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"Eden Rock," a poem by 20th century English poet Charles Causley, is a meditation both on death and on the nature of family bonds. In the poem, the speaker sees a vision of his parents as they looked in their early twenties, setting up a picnic near a place called "Eden Rock." The speaker describes his mother and father in idiosyncratic detail, down to the way his mother uses a wad of paper as a bottle stopper. The speaker's parents then beckon their son to cross the stream that separates them, insisting that doing so won't be hard. The speaker ends the poem by declaring that he hadn't thought that this is what "it"—most likely, dying—would be like. The poem is taken from Causley's final collection, A Field of Vision (1988), which contains a number of poems on similar subjects.

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