Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

"Why Do I Love" You, Sir? - Poem by Emily Dickinson


"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—

Comments about "Why Do I Love" You, Sir? by Emily Dickinson

  • Shivangi Mariam (10/27/2016 5:30:00 PM)

    Hmmm, reminds me why I love some people and why can I never tell them why I love them so... (Report) Reply

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  • Indira Renganathan (10/26/2016 2:06:00 AM)

    Why Do I Love You, Sir?
    The grass and the eye can not talk...and the wind and the lightning do not require an answer either...but with sun..He is the sire...the cause for everything in this world...there is only darkness left without the Sun...so we love him- as usual Emily's good work- 10 (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/9/2016 3:28:00 AM)

    Marvellous depiction. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • (8/31/2016 1:08:00 AM)

    I love how this piece demands your full attention. (Report) Reply

  • (3/9/2016 5:41:00 AM)

    I find the ones I really love, I can not say why I love and as such, I know not what can make me not love them... (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle (3/7/2016 10:38:00 AM)

    Most excelllent poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2016 10:15:00 AM)

    .............one of my favorites, why do I love you, sir? .....a most interesting question...
    ...why do we love the people we love? ....only our heart knows for sure ★
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  • (1/21/2016 10:13:00 AM)

    .............one of my favorites, why do love you, sir? .....a most interesting question for sure...
    why do we love the people we love....only our heart knows ★
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  • (1/19/2016 10:30:00 PM)

    The unexplained misery of one sided love, the beauty of loving someone as divine. The love that passes all understanding and its comparison to the wisdom of God. The love which is beyond words can express and that which remains untainted with words... the pure and blissful experience of loving someone as you love God as you experience the blessings in your life realising that you are not worthy to be reciprocated and one is happy with that realisation snd confession knowing that the two shall never meet. (Report) Reply

  • Mariyam Reyshma (12/7/2015 4:46:00 PM)

    It's a great poem. Love is deaf. No one can explain how much he or she love the person. Just have to show it. Well nice poem.. love it very much..Thank you for sharing.... :) (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Case (11/28/2015 6:00:00 PM)

    Love is incomprehensible.....who knows why we love someone, good poem. (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2015 3:41:00 PM)

    Love the comparison of him to the sun - like the mikado (the sun whose rays) beautiful description of feeling - captures the complexity of love brilliantly. (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2015 4:58:00 AM)

    I love this poem. Yes, you just cant explain why you love someone. You just naturally feel it (Report) Reply

  • Basanta Pancham Boniya (5/9/2015 3:02:00 AM)

    osome poem (Report) Reply

  • Fayeda Vanimel (4/28/2015 12:38:00 AM)

    Even though reasons are not needed for loving, we find thousand..to make it immortal..stable.. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2015 11:27:00 AM)

    Katie Pasternak I think you hit the nail right on the head. Love comes naturally - and without spoken reason. Emily is one of the most elegant souls that I know of. I would dearly have loved to sit beside her in a meadow as she contemplated things - or any of her poems. Though a century apart I still have a most deep unspoken love for her. (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (12/15/2015 10:25:00 PM)

    No longer unspoken, John. You just said it!

  • (1/8/2015 11:47:00 AM)

    If is that i shouldnt have to tell you when u can sense it...you feel it, your embraced by it it is something uncontained Real love doesnt have to be assured (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2014 3:24:00 AM)

    if you can tell why you love a person that can not b true love i.love emily but why i can never tell and what can b explained can not b poetry (Report) Reply

  • Cristobal Benjumea (11/19/2014 6:51:00 AM)

    Lovr I fell of a cloud 2 (Report) Reply

  • Granette ~@~ (9/13/2014 4:49:00 PM)

    I love this write..... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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