Wild Nights—Wild Nights!

by Emily Dickinson
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What grabs the attention the most in the poem “Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” is the sheer unadulterated passion which it expresses.

That “Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” was written in 1861, and that it was written by a woman at a time when women weren't expected to express their innermost passions and desires,...

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What grabs the attention the most in the poem “Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” is the sheer unadulterated passion which it expresses.

That “Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” was written in 1861, and that it was written by a woman at a time when women weren't expected to express their innermost passions and desires, only serve to make Dickinson's poem all the more remarkable.

Dickinson doesn't hold back as she rhapsodizes about the “wild nights” she longs to spend with her lover. Such nights will be their “luxury,” a truly extraordinary thing to say by someone brought up in a strict Calvinist faith that regarded anything vaguely luxurious as deeply sinful and displeasing to God. It should be noted, however, that Dickinson struggled with her faith and was not an avid or frequent churchgoer in her adult life.

In this poem, the speaker is led by her heart; she needs no compass or chart. Using a nautical metaphor, Dickinson states that her heart is in port, meaning that she has found a safe place to rest in the harbor of her beloved's love.

Short, sweet, and full of passion, Dickinson's “Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” grabs one's attention from the start and never lets go for a moment.

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