Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
December 25th, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 282,504 comments.
Analysis and comments on I cannot live with You -- by Emily Dickinson

1 2 3 [4] 5

Comment 14 of 44, added on February 6th, 2008 at 10:26 AM.

this poem shows how deeply disturbed emily d was. she loves someone but she
doesnt want to be with that person. theperson she is referring to obviously
used to love her but wants to moveon to bigger and better things.

kalima from United States
Comment 13 of 44, added on January 30th, 2008 at 2:08 AM.

I thought the entire poem was actually reffering to her relationship with
Jesus or her religion. "I cannnot live with you...And life is over there
behind the shelf" speaks of Jesus, and how the shelf, that normally holds
man's knowledge is what separates her and him. Then the sexton in the
second stanza is talking about a church officer, saying that he has the
control over the outcome of her life.

Andrea
Comment 12 of 44, added on May 9th, 2007 at 8:15 PM.

Has anyone read the "Scarlet Letter"? Doesn't this poem just scream of
Hester Prynne and her relationship with the minister Mr. Dimmesdale? I'm
doing a paper on Dickinson as well, and relating some of her themes to
other themes in American Literature, and I couldn't help but notice how
this poem could almost have been written to fit Hester's situation.

Kim Loucks from United States
Comment 11 of 44, added on April 23rd, 2007 at 8:46 PM.

Like many of Dickinson's poems this one does not have a title. Many of her
works were found after her death and she never really got published during
her time. It was a habit for her to not name her poems though. This one has
a number and it is 640.

Chris
Comment 10 of 44, added on March 29th, 2007 at 12:55 PM.

i think she should have named it differnetly.. i think it needs a title
that fits it more jus not the first line that it has in the poem

Alishia from United States
Comment 9 of 44, added on April 4th, 2006 at 3:08 PM.

I thought the post that said the lines "Nor could I rise w/you.." meant
that Dickinson's love for the man eclipsed everything was interesting. I
took the lines to mean that she thought that the man she loved would be
saved but she wouldn't, since he was a priest and Dickinson had the feeling
all of her live that she wouldn't be a saved person despite the fact that
she was religious. I also liked the interpretation of the housewife lines.
I didn't stop to think about that, Thanks!

sarah from United States
Comment 8 of 44, added on November 14th, 2005 at 12:16 PM.

Does anyone know the actual title of this poem? Is it In Vain?

Amanda from Canada
Comment 7 of 44, added on October 19th, 2005 at 9:43 PM.

This poem is great! I think Emily is describing the love she knows can
never develope between her and Rev. Wadsworth. My favorite part is the way
she expresses her feelings about his wife. "...a newer sevres pleases, old
ones crack" she compares herself to his wife as the new one and his wife as
the old one that will crack! i love it!

Amber from United States
Comment 6 of 44, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 12:31 AM.

Thank ya'll so much. It's 2:30 in the morning and I have this paper due in
about 5 hours and I was having the hardest time figuring it out. Ya'lls
comments have helped me tremendously.

Amy Sechler from United States
Comment 5 of 44, added on August 24th, 2005 at 2:43 AM.

very touching poem in which lovers were separated by love

fei from Australia

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 2 3 [4] 5
Share |


Information about I cannot live with You --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 640. I cannot live with You --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
Viewed: 19399 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 5 2003


Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: 640. I cannot live with You --
By: Emily Dickinson

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Country:
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Subject:
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

Dickinson Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore