The speaker alternates between expecting to move from girlhood to marriage and asserting that she has done so. The grim reaper in this poem is a civil gentleman who takes the narrator — already ghostlike in gossamer and tulle — gently towards death.
Their betrothal — depending on how we interpret the grammar of the last stanza — will overcome the grave and give them a marriage in heaven. This is one that appealed hugely to me as a child for its cheekiness and for that unexpected frog.
The poem has the trademark up-note ending, so that the reader must guess where the breakdown leads to — the heaven of well-being, or the hell of continued mental anguish. Many early critics took these poems too literally; they assumed them to be reports of scenes in which Emily Dickinson refused the love offers of a married man, while offering him assurances of her peculiar faith and her hope for reunion after death.
Then, she goes on to explain that even if she were not discarded, love could only end in one other way.
In the third and fourth stanzas, she grows extravagant, imagining how easy it would be to wait out centuries, or to pass through death, if either would bring her the lover. Yet, she knows that life does not work that way. She regards her earlier pre-marriage state with scorn, implying that she has found her own safety without having gone through a conventional marriage.
To live with him would be life, she says, implying that she is dead without him. This implies that someone has asked her to spend her life with him. The second reason is that she believes she would eventually be discarded and replaced with someone new.
The transformation seems unexpected, but the snake bears a sign the old string that he is the creature that she once tried to control. The last stanza does not connect logically to what precedes it. This is evident in the early reference to the sexton, and then again in the lines about Jesus and paradise.
The poem domesticates a railroad train by presenting it as a horse. The descending angels must have brought new friends. So the abandon of this celebrated Dickinson love poem is not out of place and can be read for what it is: Dickinson valued the musicality of words and she loved a hymnal beat.
The narrator may be nobody but she makes herself somebody with that capital N. The speaker thinks that she may outlive the owner-lover, but she knows that in some sense she cannot. In the third stanza, she admits to the fear and insincerity that make her call the snake "fair.
The stress on geography implies a physical separation — she never sees the beloved.Emily Dickinson: "I cannot live with You" (Poem ) Emily Dickinson's poem, introduced by Steven Cramer and read aloud by poets Lucie Brock-Broido, Steven Cramer, and Mary Jo Salter (April 14, ).
The 10 Best Emily Dickinson Poems By Nuala O'Connor | a fictional confidant for Emily. O'Connor picks her favorite Dickinson poems. This is my favourite Emily Dickinson poem. Its warmth. I cannot live with You -- by Emily Dickinson - I cannot live with You -- It would be Life -- And Life is over there -- Behind the Shelf The Sexton keeps the Key.
One of Emily Dickinson's famous love poems, "I cannot live with you," expresses a variety of reasons of why they are unable to live a life together. In the first three stanzas of. I Cannot Live With You by Emily Dickinson.
She has already told the subject of the poem that she cannot live with him because that would be life, and life is not accessible to her.
Now, she introduces another character- the Sexton. The Sexton was. I cannot live with You () - I cannot live with YouDownload