Answers don't come easily in Louise Glück's poems, and "The Wild Iris" is no exception. The poet makes us work for our meanings. So we probably shouldn't be surprised that the poem refuses to come right out and say where it stands on the issue of life after death. Still, there are some tantalizing clues. What looks like death for a wild iris just leads to new life. So maybe what looks like death for human beings is not the end either.
"The Wild Iris" makes a strong case for the immortality of the human soul.
"The Wild Iris" expresses a desire for immortality but ultimately rejects the idea as wishful thinking.