In what point of veiw can we take, other than erotic,  in "Wild Night!-Wild Nights!" by Emily Dickinson?

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One way to change the point of view of "Wild Night!-Wild Nights!" by Emily Dickinson is to look at it from a very elementary perspective. Think about it this way: A child would not recognize the overtly sexual tones and moods depicted in the poem. Therefore, to move the poem away from the erotic, one simply needs to regard it through a different lens.

To do this, given the nautical theme (references to the sea, port, and compass), one could examine the action of the poem as speaking about a wild storm upon the ocean.

One can be certain that a storm on the ocean would raise ones anxiety which one does not necessarily enjoy. A luxury is something which one does not get to experience a lot in life and, therefore, the use of the word luxury could be changed dramatically to mean something which does not happen often.

Once arriving in the port, there is no longer a need for the compass or charts one would use when navigating the ocean. When arriving in port, or Eden, one suddenly becomes safe. As fear of the storm is lifted, one can moor (anchor as if an action and not a noun) them self to the others around them who survived the harrowing experience.

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