Emily Dickinson

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

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

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"Why do I love" You, Sir?
Because—
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—
Therefore—Then—
I love Thee—


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  • (9/9/2019 10:06:00 PM)

    she definitely died a virgin with poems like this (Report)Reply

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  • (9/9/2019 10:03:00 PM)

    this isn't even english tf (Report)Reply

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  • (8/16/2019 5:52:00 AM)

    I do not fully understand this poem but also, didn't Emily Dickinson die a virgin? (Report)Reply

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  • (8/5/2019 11:50:00 PM)

    A profound poem raising basic questions posed to every one and every where that too in an amazing style. (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (8/5/2019 12:28:00 PM)

    " Why do I love" You, Sir?
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    The Sunrise—Sire—compelleth Me—
    Because He's Sunrise—and I see—
    Therefore—Then—
    I love Thee—

    - - - -What a beautiful poem! The lover does not know why she loves - -
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  • Uche Nwanze (8/5/2019 11:50:00 AM)

    Awesome and a masterpiece. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/5/2019 11:12:00 AM)

    Profound poem full of questioning ourselves, a well deserved rational creating by ED, my favourite poetess during my study long time gone. Thus poem has a marvelous start. CONGRATULATIONS being chosen as the Classic Poem Of The Day. My heartiest wishes for her family who is still alive. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (8/5/2019 8:10:00 AM)

    Love cannot be stopped like Sunshine or lightning sure. Wonderful poem on Love by Poet Emily Dickinson! Thanks for sharing this poem here! (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/5/2019 7:55:00 AM)

    The Sunrise—Sire—compelleth Me—
    Because He's Sunrise—and I see—
    Therefore—Then—
    I love Thee— beautiful poem, philosophic and playing with the reasoning. tony
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/5/2019 5:48:00 AM)

    The Lightning—never asked an Eye
    Wherefore it shut—when He was by—
    Because He knows it cannot speak—
    /// superb and excellent expression

    an eye
    can say everything
    but speechless, in silent

    the seeker
    can find acutely

    love or not love
    .............! !
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  • Adeeb Alfateh (8/5/2019 5:30:00 AM)

    Because He knows it cannot speak—
    And reasons not contained—
    —Of Talk—
    There be—preferred by Daintier Folk—


    beautiful and great poem
    great 10+++++
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/5/2019 4:39:00 AM)

    " Why do I love" You, Sir?
    Because—
    The Wind does not require the Grass
    To answer—....outstanding beginning. This is a marvelous poem composed by Emily Dickinson.
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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/5/2019 4:26:00 AM)

    Emily Dickinson - A wonderful Poetess with a unique style of writing poems.
    " Why do I love" You, Sir?
    Because—
    The Wind does not require the Grass
    To answer—
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  • Aniruddha Pathak (8/5/2019 2:08:00 AM)

    Ah, what a well-argued case why she loves,
    and how beautifully presented! .
    I love because my heart has the reason that the head knows nothing of.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/5/2019 12:56:00 AM)

    Love is a mystery that only heart
    can explain...
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/5/2019 12:40:00 AM)

    Love and art! !

    I love thee! ! !


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Jez Brul (7/4/2019 9:07:00 AM)

    Lovely expression of deep love! Why do I love you, sir? Don't ask me why because I even don't know why.. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/11/2018 10:02:00 PM)

    Love is an inescapable delight. This poem has beautiful expressions of metaphors as personifications and paradoxical statements such particular: the wind does not require the grass and the last verse: the sunrise compelleth me
    because he's sunrise... i see... i love him.
    love is spontaneous and may spark from unneeded things which become great compellance.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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