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I gave myself to Him Analysis

Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 891

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I gave myself to Him-

And took Himself, for Pay,

The solemn contract of a Life

Was ratified, this way-The Wealth might disappoint-

Myself a poorer prove

Than this great Purchaser suspect,

The Daily Own-of LoveDepreciate the Vision-

But till the Merchant buy-

Still Fable-in the Isles of Spice-

The subtle Cargoes-lie-At least-'tis Mutual-Risk-

Some-found it-Mutual Gain-

Sweet Debt of Life-Each Night to owe-

Insolvent-every Noon-


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Marriage is a relationship, like a contract, and, as such, may prove disappointing or satisfying to one or both parties; but unless the risk inherent in a relationship is taken the possibility of a satisfying reward cannot be realized.
As they say, the only shot you\'re certain not to make is the one that you don\'t take.

| Posted on 2012-10-09 | by a guest

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She gave her life for money and there was no love. She used him for the \"financial secuirty\" and he used her for sex. And so she pays for it every nigth when he wants to have sex and the irony is her soul is lonley every day (noon) because of it. She insists that \"some\" found it mutual gain- but not her because what she REALLY wanted was someone who loved HER for HER- sex or no sex, money or no money.
Its a smart poem.

| Posted on 2011-10-03 | by a guest

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It seems to me that this poem refers to the sacrifice of one\'s life and self that is made when one chooses to marry.
The writer is scared that she will not be able to satisfy her husband (perhaps sexually when the marriage is consummated) and that by having love on a daily basis, it will no longer be the romantic vision that he holds.
She goes on to say that there is a mutual risk- they may both have things to lose or things to gain from the union. But in the end, although she may give herself to him every night, she feels like she will never be able to fulfill him, or him her.

| Posted on 2011-07-12 | by a guest

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its marriage and she doesnt want to marry a guy because she will be insolvent if she does. Marriage is a sham.

| Posted on 2011-05-14 | by a guest

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I read in a forum that this poem is about love with death. So many images in the poem seem to support this reading: Gave (grave), depreciated sight and poor prove (a legal expression). However, the last stanza goes against this reading since it talks about the routine and repetition of married life and its quick demise of passion. In any case, even if death is a presence here, the satire at the expense of lawyers and businessmen stays quite central. [Please ignore the previous post by JS]

| Posted on 2010-01-27 | by a guest

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I think the poem has far too much sarcasm and irony to be merely a union with God. It may be depicting a short-lived, albeit satisfying, relationship with a worldly partner. But she is left with the enormous consciousness or memory of love that lasts even after death. JS

| Posted on 2010-01-26 | by a guest

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she is a devoted to God and can sacrifice life for the holy one.

| Posted on 2009-08-27 | by a guest

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I believe both of the responses are great. although iget the idea this poem refers to religion and god, and is much symbolized, and has alot in common with many of her other works. my summary:
the subject dies, but is a sinner, god accepts her even though she is a sinner, she feels as though she is not worthy.
even though she is accepted she feels as though she does not quite fit.

| Posted on 2008-10-27 | by a guest

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i agree with her and i believe it is about In this poem, she doesnt restrain herself, she gives herself wholely, heart and soul, as she takes him for pay. this is very wrong and i think she has learned her lesson!

| Posted on 2008-05-29 | by a guest

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When love truly is, a bigger price is to pay. Jealousy, loss of independance. But there is also a certain gain. Unconditional love, support, and sometimes financial stability for example. In this poem, she doesnt restrain herself, she gives herself wholely, heart and soul, as she takes him for pay- she expacts him to do the same. Its a contract of life. But the wealth gained is sometimes too glorified for its true substance. She is proof of this dissapointment. she pities herself for this(poorer). sometimes It is even like you purchase something, always in search for the ideal opposite. Some are never satisfied. Witht time, just as does the economic market, there a depreciation in one's value. The opposite becomes less valuable, and then sometimes neglected. Like a catch, a prize, the object lays to be bought. Or until the merchant disowns it. this is a risk, the affair. Its a risk from both sides, doshonnesty always lurks around the corner. The risk is mutual as are the gains and the losses of the relationship. Its like you are powned by the other, always in debt to him. It think the poet curses the relationship- debt. Its an eternal contract- insolvent, it never ceases, and you always owe more of yourself, untill, you reach a point when you no longer are, you have lost yourself, in the search of another. And the only time you will find yourself, is the the company of that opposite.

| Posted on 2005-04-03 | by Approved Guest

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