Study Guide

Easter Wings Setting

By George Herbert

Setting

We know "Easter Wings" is set during Easter because in line 9 the speaker asks to sing "this day" Christ's victory over death. But what else do we know?

Since this poem is the speaker's one-sided conversation with God (spoiler alert: God never responds), we could also imagine that it's all taking place inside the speaker's religious brain—that it's more a mental than an out-loud dialogue. On the other hand, it could also be a prayer that's actually voiced aloud but without expectation of God talking back—at least not in words. Of course, the response the speaker really wants is action: he wants God to let him share the Easter limelight and rise up, too. But whether the speaker ever receives that particular answer lies outside our poem, folks, so we're left to guess.

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