Date of Award

Fall 12-10-2021

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English and Linguistics

Department Chair or Program Director

Gary Richards

First Advisor

Teresa Kennedy

Major or Concentration

English (Creative Writing Concentration)


Songs of Eden is a collection of short poems that were written during the Spring of 2021 semester as an individual study under the direction of Dr. Teresa Kennedy. The course itself was titled “Songs of the Fall” and fell under the category of ENGL 491. The name of the individual study is a nod to both the fall of man, and the tradition of epic poetry. As such, the project itself centers around the opening chapters of Genesis, focalizing on the persons of Adam and Eve. The work is divided into two main sections, each written from the perspective of these two biblical figures. In order to inform the theological dimension of the Songs of Eden, the author consulted works by St. Augustine of Hippo, Origen, Philo of Alexandria, Irenaeus, and the opening chapters of Genesis. The artwork featured in the background is portions of the 1504 engraving Adam and Eve by Albrecht Dürer.