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Analysis and comments on I cannot live with You -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 18 of 58, added on September 5th, 2013 at 7:46 PM.

c3bQcN Very informative blog.Really thank you! Fantastic.

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Comment 17 of 58, added on May 3rd, 2012 at 10:28 AM.

i love this.

RV from Greece
Comment 16 of 58, added on January 24th, 2010 at 7:47 PM.

Personally, I think this poem is about a forbidden love.

Abi from United States
Comment 15 of 58, added on January 17th, 2009 at 1:48 PM.

i see that emily is afraid of death that s why she is optimistic about her
love. even though we are togather in life but there is a day that we will
separate by death

elmadi from Morocco
Comment 14 of 58, 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 58, 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.

Comment 12 of 58, 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 58, 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.

Comment 10 of 58, 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 58, 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

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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
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Poem of the Day: Jul 5 2003

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