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Please give an analysis of the poem "Wild Nights--Wild Nights!" by Emily Dickinson.

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One of the reasons I like this poem so much is that it absolutely makes it impossible to argue that Emily Dickinson was just an isolated old maid without any idea of what it means to love. Isolated she may well have been, but poetry such as this indicates the way that she experienced love in its fullest sense, and the overt sexual imagery in this poem clearly indicates that she was not a prude.

This poem is above all the yearning of a lover for the return of her beloved and the idea of the passionate embraces that await her. The "wild nights" of the title seem to refer to some kind of storm or tempest that relates to the intensity of the speaker's...

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