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Analysis and comments on Heart! We will forget him! by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 26 of 626, added on April 11th, 2006 at 8:05 PM.

i loved this poem because it has a great meaning. The way the author
expresses her feelings is very good and it can help in peoples lifes.

Jessica from United States
Comment 25 of 626, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 2:05 PM.

I have evaluated this poem many times, yet the meaning never fails to touch
me. The mind talking to the heart in hope that the heart will forget first
of the man she loved dearly. Ironicly, the mind wants to forget, but has
trouble letting go. It tells the heart that when it is finished forgetting
about him to tell it so it can begin to forget. It is always a struggle
between the mind and heart when it comes to love.

Heart! We will forget him!(It is almost demanding itself and the heart to
You and I -- tonight!(Here, just the two of them. The dash emphasizes the
word "tonight" to give the poem a violence and a difference in the way it
is written.)
You may forget the warmth he gave --(heart is accociated with love in most
ways, but in all reality, it is only an organ. The warmth is the feeling of
acceptance and joy in this man. To forget the warmth would be to ease the
pain she felt in the absence thereof.)
I will forget the light!(Light not being the physical term. She gives his
radiance a form as to light. The light is the internal glow that your mind
percieves in people.)

When you have done, pray tell me(She tells the heart to tell her mind when
it is finished forgetting, here. So the mind would not have as much trouble
forgetting the man, it lets the heart forget first.)
That I may straight begin!(Again, when the heart is finished, the mind is
looking to make it easier on it to forget the person she once loved. It
would be very difficult to just drop a feeling like this and forget.)
Haste! lest while you're lagging ("Hurry!" the mind tells the heart. While
the heart has not forgotten, the mind is still thinking on him, and the
pain is rough.)
I remember him! (The mind will remember the pain as the heart attempts to
forget. Here, the point is though it wants to ease the pain, the effort to
ease it is harder. In the deep ends of the mind, it doesn't want to forget
the man because of the good times, but the pain expressed in the poem is
too much.)

Brittany from United States
Comment 24 of 626, added on March 31st, 2006 at 12:01 PM.

This poem shows how Emily is trying to get over a love that went sour...

Samantha from United States
Comment 23 of 626, added on March 8th, 2006 at 2:01 PM.

i love ur poem so much

miranda from United States
Comment 22 of 626, added on February 7th, 2006 at 4:20 PM.

This poem came to me as a vocalist. I was learning Aaron Coplands setting
of it, and the words just struck me. I was going through a painful
break-up, and Emily's poem was so real. It was what I was feeling. And even
though a year has passed, I still think of him, and I then listen to this
poem/art song.

Karolyn from United States
Comment 21 of 626, added on December 13th, 2005 at 12:15 PM.

Reading this poem makes me realize that what im going through is normal.
Though it could have been a year now, yet still the pain is there. I see
him daily and he is unaffected. Why cant it not be the same for me?

Dacolette from Bahrain
Comment 20 of 626, added on December 8th, 2005 at 5:42 PM.

Emily lives...

Ted from United States
Comment 19 of 626, added on December 5th, 2005 at 12:49 PM.

Heart! We will forget him!
Heart, you know I love him!
You and I to-night
The night knows my tears
You may forget the warmth he gave
I am still burning
I will forget the light
And his light defies the bitter darkness

When you are done, pray tell me
I pray that grief will be my companion
That I may straight begin
In the night I begin
Haste! Lest while you’re lagging
My heart is slow to forget
I remember him
I remember him

I won't presume to think that my lonely ramblings are even remotely
comparable to Dickinson's masterpiece, but her poem was my mantra for a
long time. I wanted desperately to forget someone, but love him so much
that I just couldn't. One night, when I was all out of tears, I wrote a
response to the words I'd been repeating over and over in my head. And I
finally felt peace. Her poetry speaks to me in a way no living person has
ever spoken to me, and I thank her for her words! Maluhia... peace.

Samantha from United States
Comment 18 of 626, added on August 9th, 2005 at 9:45 AM.

Emily Dickinson is writing about the pain this one man brought her and is
asking for some relief from her heart as it is too painful to think about
this person. When she does begin to think about him she blames her heart
for failing her. I think a lot of individuals, including myself can
certainly identify with her pain.

Cathy from United States
Comment 17 of 626, added on August 3rd, 2005 at 1:36 PM.

i love this poem, she wants so hard not to forget him and all the memories
she has but knows she has to and cant find the stength to do so through all
the pain. She tells her heart to forget him so the next time she thinks
about him the pain will go away

madeline from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 47. Heart! We will forget him!
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 20 2008

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