Dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.

from Wallace Stevens – The Emperor of Ice Cream on Rap Genius

Meaning

“As they are used to wear” and “last month’s newspapers” tell us this is no grand affair. The woman’s funeral is, like her, common and plain. The women need not dress up, and the flowers will arrive to the funeral in the humblest of packages—as if purchased from a street cart.

The flowers (as in Hamlet; consider Ophelia’s madness scene vs. Gertrude’s words at her funeral) suggest two possibilities: perhaps the boys are bringing them because they are romancing the ‘wenches’; perhaps they are bringing them because they are showing respect to the woman who has died.

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