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

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Comment 12 of 322, added on January 20th, 2006 at 2:03 AM.

I tried to read the poem as a travel by ship which last as long as life. It
could happen that "Wild nights" of storm came to break up the calm and make
us feel "alive" with their ensemble of storming emotions, but these are
futile to a heart in port who has found his true love and thus sails into
the calm water of the Eden, certain to have a safe place where to moor.

Federico from Italy
Comment 11 of 322, added on January 6th, 2006 at 2:39 PM.

Life becomes so much sweeter for a person who is in love.

Lamar Cole from United States
Comment 10 of 322, added on December 16th, 2005 at 7:00 AM.

Just for a few more reflexions...
Who can really say it is a man she speaks of ? It could be a woman, it
could also be something else. The real subject toward which the poem is
directed never really appear in the text and is ambiguous.

Baptiste from Switzerland
Comment 9 of 322, added on October 26th, 2005 at 10:54 AM.

I find Emily Dickenson's poem "Wild Nights" full of un-experienced passion.
The kind of passion found in the arms of a lover but can not be found in a
one night stand. The moral foundation of ED background would preclude her
from such unacceptable behavior. If she indeed had such a relationship we
would see her express the remorse that would result in lustful passion.
She is truly expressing her desire to be loved and the hope that she may
overcome her fear of people

Comment 8 of 322, added on October 20th, 2005 at 8:14 AM.

This is one of the best poems I have ever read. One of her best love

Mike from United States
Comment 7 of 322, 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 322, 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 322, 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 322, 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 322, 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

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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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