By Saint, Bishop of Vienne, . Avitus, George W Shea

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Wretched condition, Paradise, like reversing the topography described that of Lazarus, fall in the of Adam is illusory. He leaps to and Eve and traversing the Dives narrative. Most important, Avitus achieves closure by returning to the image of the tree of the Crucifixion THE POEMS and to the countervailing force the economy it 35 brings to bear on fallen humanity in of divine grace. 424-25), and in doing Fall: so, repeats the antithesis presented at the beginning of the poem: Anger; Grace: Salvation, Poem 4 This poem contains Avitus' description of primitive or, in biblical terms, ante-diluvian mankind.

195-219). With their judgement completed, they quickly grasp the horror of their new condition, first physically, then intellectually, as around them, and the first time. 210), evolving finally emotionally, as Remorse is they take in the world they experience remorse for for them: "adfectus novos" ("a new emotion" but one Avitus recognizes as an essential ingredient in the economy of redemption. It is not surprising, therefore, that he pauses to analyze this concept, emphasizing the fact that its efficacy is time-bound, that to achieve salvation the sinner's remorse must occur during his earthly life.

1-19). This image of clothing poem, signifying in different ways the now fallen, vulnerable and degenerate nature of humanity. 11). steps to deal with it will recur frequently in the '* Echoed by Milton, Paradise Lost (New York: Odyssey Press, 1935) 4:110-13, as MerHughs has noted. The question of whether Milton knew Avitus has been discussed by Daniel J. Nodes in Avitus: The Fall of Man (Toronto, 1985). He notes the strikingly similar characterization of Satan and the verbal stylistic parallels between the two poems.

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