Wild nights – Wild nights!

Wild nights - Wild nights!

It’s time for another poem written by the great Emily Dickinson. Wild nights – Wild nights! isn’t actually the title of the poem she wrote. Dickinson didn’t give her poems a title. The title was later added and just like most of her poems, it is based on the first line of her poem. 

About the poem

It goes without saying that we love the work of Dickinson. We published a few of her poems on our website. This time it’s about Wild nights – Wild nights!

This poem almost didn’t make it to the first book that was released after her death. Dickinson gained fame after she died. During her life she never published a book. It was Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who was struggling with this poem in 1891. He considered it to be rather explicit.

Let’s not forget that Dickinson never married. The assumption of Higginson that the poetess remained a virgin was probably not the right one. Higginson was an editor and friend of her, but seemed to forgot he fact that Dickinson was in fact romantically envolved with a friend of her father: judge Otis Lord. She was caught sitting on his lap and she even wrote some words about him: I confess that I love him – I rejoice that I love him. It never lead to a marriage. That was probably why Higginson at that time was struggling with this poem. Sex outside a marriage wasn’t appropriate. The poem shows that even Dickinson wasn’t immune to the most basic things in life: love and even sex.

Wild nights – Wild nights!

By Emily Dickinson

Wild nights - Wild nights!

Wild nights – Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile – the winds –
To a Heart in port –
Done with the Compass –
Done with the Chart!
Rowing in Eden –
Ah – the Sea!
Might I but moor – tonight –
In thee!

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