Sunday Morning

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Poem by Wallace Stevens, written in 1915 and published in Harmonium in 1923.

In eight 15–line stanzas of blank verse is presented, in the manner of a dialogue, a consideration of the end of life in two senses: its purpose and its conclusion. The issues are raised by an elegant, emancipated modern woman on her tropical patio rather than in church as she meditates upon secular and religious conceptions of reality, death, and the pleasures and beauties of this world as against those of heaven.

Subjects: Literature.

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