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—


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

  • (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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  • (7/2/2018 12:21:00 PM)


    Oh my God this poem got my mine (Report) Reply

  • Nicole Settimi (6/15/2018 8:13:00 AM)


    Dickinson was actually a poet I steered clear of bc of the magnitude of her popularity, until people kept telling me I write similar to her. It was funny because she wasn't my muse. Now, I read a lot of Emily's work and really do love her. (Report) Reply

  • Madhabi Banerjee (6/9/2018 11:41:00 AM)


    WONDERFUL. WHAT A ESSENCE? (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2018 1:21:00 PM)


    ill give this poem to my new girlfriend i am sure she will love it (Report) Reply

  • (6/4/2018 9:37:00 AM)


    So beautiful.. (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/23/2018 1:11:00 AM)


    The Lightning—never asked an Eye
    Wherefore it shut—when He was by
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  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (5/8/2018 1:56:00 AM)


    The Wind does not require the Grass
    To answer—Wherefore when He pass
    She cannot keep Her place.

    It is a way of life.
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  • (4/10/2018 8:24:00 PM)


    I like a boy named zac and he hugs me but he is rude I love him so much (Report) Reply

  • Affiah Odhiambo (3/7/2018 7:08:00 PM)


    Because, he's Sunrise and I see...therefore then I love thee... so simply and beautifully expressed (Report) Reply

  • (2/14/2018 10:40:00 AM)


    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—

    Wow..So beautiful illustration!
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  • (2/5/2018 4:06:00 PM)


    Wow Dickinson was so sharp with the pen (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2018 5:28:00 PM)


    Ravi Kopra:
    A spinster is someone who never married, not who never loved. To dismiss Dickinson's words because her (several known) loves did not have legal status is absurd. Some of the most astute observers of the human heart in history never married, including Jane Austen and all three of the Bronte sisters.
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    (9/26/2018 6:40:00 PM)

    Charlotte Bronte married. She and her husband loved each other very much. She died young from TB, as did her sisters!

    (9/26/2018 6:37:00 PM)

    Charlotte Bronte married She died young from TB, as did her sisters

  • Invisible One I Am Not Here (1/26/2018 12:41:00 PM)


    Just beautiful... love makes no sense but when you find it you simply know it because you feel it x (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2018 8:43:00 AM)


    very nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Afrooz Jafarinoor (12/29/2017 1:24:00 AM)


    I had never read this one before and I’m fascinated how similarly we feel about love. (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2017 9:53:00 AM)


    Lovely song Meaningful dashes Difficult to translate, however (Report) Reply

  • (10/14/2017 12:08:00 AM)

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    What does Emily know of love? Was she not a spinster all her life? Never getting out of her home and writing nonsense sitting in her dark den, like in this poem she says she sways like grass sways in the wind, and can't keep still when he passes by. What a simile? She loves him because he knows it. Daaa! He is like lightening to her. Wow! He is her sunrise. Wow, wow, wow!

    Interesting? Nice? Well written? Heartfelt? Where, where, where., crazy folks!
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    (4/6/2018 10:55:00 AM)

    Bejamin Franklin Newton, Leonard Humphrey? Both potential love interests of Emily's that she lost suddenly, and the death of Leonard coincides with her decline into reclusiveness. Just pointing those things out.

  • (10/3/2017 8:20:00 AM)


    This is a horrible poem and Emily Dickinson was a idiot who has been praised for her lack of literary knowledge or skill. (Report) Reply

  • (10/3/2017 8:19:00 AM)

    Report mid=5688022
    This is a horrible poem and Emily Dickinson was a idiot who has been praised for her lack of literary knowledge or skill. Already Reported Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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