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"Why do I love" You, Sir? Analysis

Author: poem of Emily Dickinson Type: poem Views: 27

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"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—


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In the first stanza the author is asking how could love be explained and she starts in the stanza answering if through the presence of nature elements and especially comparing wind with grass.
In the second she continues to try to understand how love can be explained she's not using in this stanza nature elements in order to justify the previous ones and she starts answering the question of line one "Why do I love you sir?" which can be considered as an emotion that cannot be expressed.
RZ in MI

| Posted on 2015-01-15 | by a guest

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In my opinion, this poem conveys the message that Emily the poet is clearly head over heels over the man mentioned, and cannot justify the divine force of love drawing her towards him. When asked, she personifies elements of nature to show their relation. She is represented by the grass and the eye, who are mere observers in nature and are powerless to cause change, while the man is the powerful, unstoppable things in nature such as the lightning and the wind, who can control indefinitely the smaller elements. She uses nature to portray the irrationality and sheer power of love,and how she is uncontrollably drawn and attached to that man.
KSH 13 years old.

| Posted on 2014-04-12 | by a guest

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In the first stanza, Emily is explaining how she cannot keep her place when he is near because of her unspoken affection for him. Emily and her love are bound in a way that they donít need to speak to answer each other, just like the wind doesnít require the grass to answer. In the second stanza, she is explaining how they canít be together because it would not be wise and also because of religious reasons. In the third stanza, Emily tells that they cannot speak because of what society will say about them. In the fourth stanza, she says that he forced her to love him because he was a need for her that she couldnít survive without.

| Posted on 2010-06-03 | by a guest

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IT was always rumored that Emily was interested, if not involved with, the judge of her town. Could this poem be related to the subject?

| Posted on 2008-11-12 | by a guest

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