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Comment 11 of 81, added on June 30th, 2012 at 8:58 PM.
My River runs to thee

The association of water with spirit is common. Emily may have used "My
River" as a metaphor for her soul. Since all rivers flow to the sea and
become one with the sea, the sea (which she gave an uppercase "S" implying
divinity, could represent the Universal Source, or God.

Nick Payne from United States
Comment 10 of 81, added on June 30th, 2012 at 8:58 PM.
My River runs to thee

The association of water with spirit is common. Emily was is a metaphor for
soul. Since all rivers flow to the sea and become one with the sea, the sea
(which she gave an uppercase "S" implying divinity, could represent the
Universal Source, or God.

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Comment 6 of 81, added on March 4th, 2010 at 3:18 PM.
My river runs to thee

In this poem Emily Dickenson presents two "personae," the river is not just
flowing towards the sea; it is running. And it is not going there empty
handed; it is bringing gifts for the sea, "brooks from all the nooks, and
begs for acceptance. The sea is depicted as a deity or god. The river and
all the nooks are offerings, or sacrifices, brought to this god. In the
last line, the poetess seeks to be united with the sea, the person she
loves.

Nizar Sartawi from Jordan
Comment 5 of 81, added on September 26th, 2009 at 2:18 AM.

Emily compares her love with a river that goes to the ocean in its
unavoidable flow, but still needs the ocean approval to be received and get
involved. She promises hidden things that he may be willing for.
It is a poem about passion and desire, but till it has the delicacy of the
woman that doesn’t impose her love, but asks for his lover license to be
with him.
She doesn’t force any situation, despite the flow of the passion that
leads her into his arms unequivocally…

Isabel from Brazil
Comment 4 of 81, added on May 28th, 2007 at 2:57 PM.

i think this poem means she runing to someone she love or society she
asking for them to welcome her take as she is she's bribing them to take
her because she say i'll fetch thee brooks and then at the end she is just
tell them or him to take her

vincy from United States
Comment 3 of 81, added on March 9th, 2006 at 9:43 AM.

luv this poem!

Jacinda C from United States
Comment 2 of 81, added on April 15th, 2005 at 9:33 AM.

I think this poem is great, its like going far away from ur problems to a
better place or have a better life.

John Macintosh from Belgium

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 162. My River runs to thee
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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