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From the beginning of time religion has been topic that sparked debate division and war At times to speak ones unique view on religion was to dig ones own grave Though todays laws protect citizens religious freedom many in the United States still hold these rigid beliefs Many are frightened by any literature that seems to go against the church Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens seems to fit this bill at first but such an assumption would be inaccurate Stevenss Sunday Morning does not advocate abandoning religion but merely raises the question of whether or not an equally or even more greatly satisfying divinity can be attained on Earth Stevens poem explains in detail the near impossibility of valuing good without bad or life without death It says we can never truly enjoy the highs of life without also feeling its lows One cannot fully appreciate as the poem says in stanza four a perfect heaven because it has not endured As Aprils green endures Moreover it goes on to articulate that heaven is in fact undeserving of such beauty Beauty can only come from death and thus should only occur from the toil of man and nature as the poem proclaims Alas that they should wear our colors there The silken weavings of our afternoons And pick the strings of our insipid lutes Death is the mother of beauty In this way the immaculate perfection of heaven pales in comparison to the full and robust experience of life on Earth On the other hand the poem questions societys ability to even attain traditional divinity and the closeness to God from the past In stanza three the poem speaks of how the blood of past societies was pure and how it rose and allowed them to see heaven it then doubtingly asks shall our blood fail However in stanza seven a similar blood metaphor is made but
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