Emily Dickinson

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

"Why do I love" You, Sir?


480

"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—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Bronze Star - 2,120 Points John Richter (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

  • Rookie - 430 Points Just As i Am As is i Was (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

  • Rookie - 30 Points Tarlochan Lochi (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

  • Rookie - 521 Points Cristobal Benjumea (11/19/2014 6:51:00 AM)

    Lovr I fell of a cloud 2 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 53 Points Granette ~@~ (9/13/2014 4:49:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Katie Pasternak (9/5/2014 5:59:00 PM)

    This is a sensory poem. Love isn't to be described or even spoken about, really. It is to be felt and seen. Such as the wind or lightening. This poem is inspired and I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 679 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (8/6/2014 5:42:00 PM)

    Nice love poem that says sometimes feelings are difficult to analyze. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 166 Points Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    Very nice. I like it :) (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,243 Points Primrose Tee (5/2/2014 5:08:00 PM)

    its okay..gud one, , , , , , , , , , (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Simbarashe Gerald Masilaha (5/2/2014 10:22:00 AM)

    Lovely piece. Emily does it the way I like (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Keith Eubulus (5/2/2014 4:59:00 AM)

    Nice piece Emily. I enjoyed reaading it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:32:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,414 Points Herbert Guitang (4/24/2014 11:01:00 PM)

    Such an inspiration kind of poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,463 Points * Sunprincess * (1/6/2014 10:30:00 PM)

    ....a poetess who is in the top of the class...
    .....how could she not with poems like this...beautiful..

    ~Why do I love You, Sir?
    480

    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—


    Emily Dickinson~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nathan Nath (9/15/2013 7:06:00 PM)

    wonderful. Emily is not in the world. but her thoughts are still alive.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alexis Pacheco (7/2/2013 7:12:00 AM)

    Awesome job Emily Dickinson very inspiring to us kids and adults (Report) Reply

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    Im making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do, wiki34.com (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,834 Points Savita Tyagi (5/2/2013 8:01:00 AM)

    I always have loved Emily Dickinson. She was one of the first poet that inspired me to read more of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Macanthony Chijioke Nwatu (5/2/2013 6:55:00 AM)

    I wonder what content is man without love (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Mary Cross (4/4/2013 3:32:00 PM)

    Can we receive/give love without explanation? (Report) Reply

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