The Litany Summary & Study Guide

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Stanza 1

“The Litany” begins with the speaker calling attention to the poem as “a litany” in the first stanza, repeating the title phrase. The word litany can have two meanings: a series of prayers spoken or sung at a Christian worship service, asking for God's blessing, or a long, repetitious list of items that are usually considered complaints or problems. Both would be appropriate definitions here, since the poem is about “lost things,” as noted in the first line.

The speaker finds another way to describe the litany in the second line, as a “canon.” There are several definitions of this word, too, but the most relevant ones—which would suggest another term for litany as it is used in the first line—would be a body of religious or artistic works; the most solemn part of the Mass, or Holy Communion; and a list of Catholic saints...

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