Can you give me a concise analysis of "Bouquet of Roses in Sunlight" by Wallace Stevens?

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"Bouquet of Roses in Sunlight" is a beautiful, simply written poem about metaphor, art, and how we see and interact with the world. If you peruse the eNotes analytical essay linked below, you'll see that much of Stevens's work examines the nature of the imagination, and how to reconcile reality with our mental processing of it: "Bouquet of Roses in Sunlight" is no exception to this. It also ties the poet to a certain branch of Romanticism, in his treatment of the ways in which we relate to the world around us: the "I" as it relates to the "other." Additionally, in using roses—elements of the natural world—as his jumping-off point, Stevens exhibits a certain appreciation for nature, which the Romantics would approve of.

The poem begins with a mild description of roses: all we get are colors. Stevens then says that the roses are:

too much as they are
To be anything else in the sunlight of the room,

Too much as they are to be changed by metaphor,
Too actual, things that in being real
Make any...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on September 24, 2019