Summary of Why do I Love by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson wrote these poems in solitude, and never let any of them get published. A lot of letters to her father and sister-in-law were these poems, which were later published by them. This poem is one of her scribbles about the man she admired and loved. She never wrote any poem with a title, hence they were given numbers and the first line of all the poems were kept as the title.

“Why do I love” You, Sir?
The Wind does not require the Grass
To answer—Wherefore when He pass
She cannot keep Her place.

In these lines, the poet is trying to tell or figure out why she likes him. She reasons out by saying that as the wind does not require the grass as it passes by, similarly, she cannot keep calm when he passes by her. Here the “Wind” is her lover, and she is the “Grass”.

Because He knows—and
Do not You—
And We know not—
Enough for Us
The Wisdom it be so—

In these lines, the poet says that she is aware that she as some feelings for him, and her lover is aware of it too, but she is not sure if her lover has mutual feelings for her, and none of them spoke to know if they both share mutual feelings for each other.

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 poet says in these lines that as the lightning never asked the eyes to shut when it appears in the sky. The lightning knows that the eyes cannot speak anything, and hence doesn’t ask anything. And they cannot can ‘t speak of the dainty things that normal people speak of, and hence, there is only silence between them.

The Sunrise—Sire—compellethMe—
Because He’s Sunrise—and I see—
I love Thee—

The poet says that the sunrise compels her and intrigues her, as she sees a sunrise in him. She means to say that he is as bright and beautiful as the sunrise in the sky. And that’s how she loves him.

The poet wants to express her love towards this man who has intrigued her and she has fallen in love with him. She is definitely mesmerised by him, and enchanted by his aura, as she uses beautiful metaphors to show how she adores him, but is not sure how to express it to him. But she knows that he is aware of her feelings, but is not sure if he has the mutual feelings for her too. She is not sure if he feels the same way for her as she feels for him.

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