Saturday, December 03, 2005

"Why do I love" You, Sir? by Emily Dickenson

"Why do I love" You, Sir?

"Why do I love" You, Sir?
The Wind does not require the Grass
To answer—Wherefore when He pass
She cannot keep Her place.

Because He knows—and
Do not You—
And We know not—
Enough for Us
The Wisdom it be so—

The Lightning—never asked an Eye
Wherefore it shut—when He was by—
Because He knows it cannot speak—
And reasons not contained—
—Of Talk—
There be—preferred by Daintier Folk—

The Sunrise—Sire—compelleth Me—
Because He's Sunrise—and I see—
I love Thee—

Emily Dickinson

This was a very interesting poem to read. I'm not quite sure what the author is trying to say but from the last line I'm guessing this is a love poem. It was hard to follow this poem because of the unusual syntax and seemingly abitrary use of hyphens. When she refers to the relationship between the wind and the grass, I think she is using that as a comparison to the relationship between the couple. The relationship between the grass and wind is something that just happens naturally, and it is unpreventable, just as the love between the two people being discussed. I think she also considers him to be the wind that moves her. As for the lightning and the eye comparison, I think she is using that pair in the same way as the other example, where the eye will blink or shut without choice at the sight of lightning.


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