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The Wild Iris Summary & Analysis
by Louise Glück

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"The Wild Iris," first published in a 1992 collection of the same name, is Louise Glück's poem of death, rebirth, and transformation. The poem's speaker is an iris, a flower that has endured death and returned to tell the tale. Through the story of its seeming death and its new flowering in the spring, the iris offers its readers a mysterious hope: death, in this flower's experience, isn't an ending, but a stage in the ongoing process of life.

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