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Analysis and comments on Wild Nights -- Wild Nights! by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 7 of 317, added on October 6th, 2005 at 8:21 PM.

i am writing an essay bout 500 word on this poem and i need more
illustration on wat it means, i understand bout her motives for wild nights
but the whole sense of the poem is just way to analitical. i need more

Comment 6 of 317, added on September 7th, 2005 at 6:26 PM.

I think Joseph is right concerning the promiscuity of Emiliy Dickinson. You
have to remember that she lived in the mid to late 1800's (one night stands
and casual sex weren't as frequent as they are now) and you also have to
consider her personality. She was highly private and she completely devoted
herself to her writings. However, these very characteristcs may be the
reason for writing this secret expression of desire for something she wants
but theoretically can not want. I think this poem could very well be an
expression of a sexually related desire, especially when looking at lines
like "down with the compass, Down with the charts" (which sound more
spontaneous and irrational, the way her wanting to be with a man would have
been viewed by her society) but the line "Might I but moor tonight In thee"
is a reference to being held and embrassed in the arms of a man, a safe
place to rest. I must say that I like this poem because it humanizes Emily
Dickison and it is universal. Some people might find it difficult to relate
to some of the topics her poems deal with (not all but some) but "Wild
Nights" is primal and common to all humans at some point. The poem is an
impassioned expression of longing for adventure, for passion, for
companionship, for escape. It rocks.

Hailey from United States
Comment 5 of 317, added on April 20th, 2005 at 10:39 PM.

I dont know, I think maybe this is about the desire to be with an man. She
uses "were I", "should be" and "luxury" as if this is more of a wishful
state than real life. But it's "futile" and I'm not sure if she's the heart
in port who is done with planning and plotting and she has decided that
he's the one and she's done searching, already in her Eden - him. Or the
man is the heart in port who may be taken or not available?
I think it's rather butch of her to want to moor (anchor herself) in him.

neobuccaneer from United States
Comment 4 of 317, added on April 15th, 2005 at 9:21 AM.

This poem shows a lot of emotions and a lot of passion. It seems as though
she had a few wild nights herself. I don't really understand all of her
poems but the first time i read it, it made a lot of sense to me.

Jeff Garcia from United States
Comment 3 of 317, added on December 23rd, 2004 at 7:43 PM.

She has a lovely way of expression in her free writting style. She
describes the mood of the mind when it has made itself up to go out and
have a 'wild night.'

maureen milauskas from United States
Comment 2 of 317, added on December 4th, 2004 at 10:51 AM.

One of the best love poems I've ever read. However, I disagree that
Dickinson did actually have "wild nights"; I think that this poem is just
her conception of what "wild nights" would be like.

Joseph from Egypt
Comment 1 of 317, added on November 28th, 2004 at 6:01 PM.

I used this poems as one of my favs in a report I was doing for school. I
thinks that Dickinson can really relate the zeal of passionate emotion with
this poem. I also believe that this poem shows that, even though Dickinson
was in solitude most of her life, she had wild nights- for nothing is like
a little lovemaking to make life a little sweeter.

Audra Holland from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 249. Wild Nights -- Wild Nights!
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 18 2011

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