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The Summer Day Summary & Analysis
by Mary Oliver

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“The Summer Day” is a short poem by the American poet Mary Oliver, first published in her collection House of Light (1990). Its speaker wonders about the creation of the world and then has a close, marvelous encounter with a grasshopper. This prompts the speaker to meditate on mortality, human beings' relationship with nature, and the preciousness of life. One of Oliver's most famous poems, "The Summer Day" ultimately challenges readers to find and fulfill their life's purpose.

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