O ADAM by W. W. Phelps


I’m something of a collector of works about Adam and Eve by Mormons. I just stumbled across this in the Times and Seasons and thought I would share. I couldn’t find a scan and so my attempts to beautify what I found is quite personal rather than historically accurate.

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O Adam, will you come with me?
For paradise is blooming now;
For God has said that we are free
Through endless realms the angels fly,
To all of Eden’s joys and powers,
To bring forth joys for you and I,
To pluck and eat her fruits and flowers,
O have you hid yourself from me,
So we may cull the garden through
For tasting that forbidden tree.
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Mormon Concrete Poetry

When you first come across what is now called concrete poetry, shape poetry or visual poetry, you might think it is an attempt to be cutesy, or a fad of some kind. In fact this kind of poetry has been created since the 2nd or 3rd century B.C., and was the subject of a movement and manifesto from a group of highly-regarded Brazilian poets in the 1950s.

Among other things, concrete poetry uses the shape and layout of the poem (the typographic arrangement of letters and words) as an element of the poem. In concrete poetry the shape of the poem also conveys meaning.

Knowing all this, I was very pleased to come across an 1835 example of concrete poetry in the Latter-day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate.

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The First Work of Mormon Literature (except scripture)

In a sense, Mormon Literature began 178 years ago this month, with the publication of the Evening and Morning Star.

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