Dear March — Come in —
How glad I am —
I hoped for you before —

Put down your Hat —
You must have walked —
How out of Breath you are —
Dear March, Come right up the stairs with me —
I have so much to tell —

I got your Letter, and the Birds —
The Maples never knew that you were coming — till I called
I declare — how Red their Faces grew —
But March, forgive me — and
All those Hills you left for me to Hue —
There was no Purple suitable —
You took it all with you —

Who knocks? That April.
Lock the Door —
I will not be pursued —
He stayed away a Year to call
When I am occupied —
But trifles look so trivial
As soon as you have come

That Blame is just as dear as Praise
And Praise as mere as Blame —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Dear March — Come in —


  1. Rahul says:

    Good evening ✨

  2. Sujin says:

    DEAR March, come in!
    How glad I am!
    I looked for you before.
    Put down your hat—
    You must have walked— 5
    How out of breath you are!
    Dear March, how are you?
    And the rest?
    Did you leave Nature well?
    Oh, March, come right upstairs with me, 10
    I have so much to tell!

    After reading above poem..

    Can we say “March came from the Nature?”
    Before March met the speaker?

    I will wait for your answers…

  3. Allie Boydon says:

    Emily Dickinson was born into a prominent family in Amherst, Massachusetts. Known most of her life for being shy and socially awkward, Emily slowly started secluding from society. She moved to a private home away from society. Dickinson lived on her own terms; she created her own world and only allowed certain people in. Emily’s dark outlook on life could in part have to do with her brother’s affair. Emily was often put in the middle because she was very close to her brother’s wife, Susan Gilbert, whom she sent most of her poems to her to read. New theories suggest that Emily Dickinson moved away from society because she had epilepsy. Medical prescription records show that she was prescribed medicine that would treat that illness. Certain poems talk about “it” and how she had something to “tell” and in some of her poems she speaks about sickness. Some of her poems are about convulsions in her brain, also a sign of epilepsy. Living in a time when this illness was not very accepted, it makes sense that she would seclude herself away from the judging eyes of society.
    Dear March, Come in!, a poem by Emily Dickinson, is about Emily’s love for the season of March and the joy it brought to her. She personifies March as if he were a friend. March is most likely Reverend Charles Wadsworth. By personifying the month of March, Dickinson is able to hide her relationship. She knows that it is wrong, but she is able to relate her love of March to Wadsworth, who is known to be the great love of Emily Dickinson’s life. Although he was married in March of 1855 he called on Dickinson and she spent three weeks visiting with him in Washington. It is thought that he inspired many of her poems about love.
    Dear March, Come in! could be interpreted as the love story between Emily Dickinson and Charles Wadsworth. It describes the beginning, middle, and end of their relationship. The first stanza is about how happy Emily is when she is finally united with March. March is out of breath from being away for a year. In this first stanza Dickinson is extremely excited and happy to be with her love March.
    In the second stanza, Emily is telling March about what happened while he was away. This stanza really shows the emotions that Emily feels about March. The ‘–‘ in this poem are used to show that Emily was so overcome with emotion that she was barely able to speak. She describes the red faces of the maple trees. This image could be the changing of the seasons or it could be the red anger in the judging faces of society that would look at their affair in a bad way.
    The third stanza shows the end of the relationship between Emily and March. When April comes March must leave. Emily’s mood changes from being overcome with joy and she becomes extremely angry when the time comes for him to leave. She chooses to blame April for March having to leave because it is easier for her to blame something that she does not love than the one that she does love. April coming is most likely related to when Charles Wadsworth abruptly left Emily Dickinson and took a job at a church in San Francisco, California. Then she comes to the realization that the small things that March gave her seem even smaller now that he has gone.
    The last two lines of the poem, which are similar in a lot of her poetry, tie together the theme of the poem. They are written: That blame is just as dear as praise And praise as mere as blame. What Dickinson is trying to convey is that she has come to the realization that as much as she loves the good things that March brings to her life, she also hates him for taking that away. There is a saying that March comes in like a lion but leaves like a lamb. The season of March comes in strong with heavy winds and cold weather, but it leaves with calmness. That is true in the relationship between Emily Dickinson and Charles Wadsworth. Their love started great, but then Wadsworth left her without much to remember.
    After Charles Wadsworth left for California, Dickinson became very ill. A doctor reported that some kind of shock affected her nervous system and her eyesight. Epilepsy sometimes causes one’s eyesight to falter. She would not tell anyone what happened to her most likely because it would bring shame to her family. The idea of a woman having an affair with a married Reverend was not welcomed during Emily Dickinson’s time, nor was having an illness such as epilepsy.

  4. Kayoon Jung says:

    This poem portrays almost a dialogue, where a narrator is talking to March. If March was a person, than this poem would be a perfect example of a conversation one could have with March. This poem is the most light spirited and humorous of the anthology. Here, you can just simply enjoy the humor and casual cheerfulness of the poem.

    The poem is opened with an invitation to March as if he were standing at the door. The poet personifies March as a person when they tell March to “put down” his “hat” which is something only a person would wear. You can imagine March as a person and how he is “out of breath” after walking. As March comes in, it can be assumed that with the arrival of March, that means winter must have left. The narrator of the poet apologizes for how the hills were not the right color of “purple suitable” for March because when March had last left, he took all the purple with him. That shows that winter must have left recently, as the hills have not turned the right color. Next, when April knocks on the door, the narrator of the poem calls out at March to “lock the door,” and that they would “not be pursued”. The narrator seems to be annoyed with April, commenting on how April calls while the narrator is already occupied and enjoying the company of March. The last two lines are about how praise and blame are related to each other. Here the narrator says that blame is praise and praise is blame. When someone blames March for taking away the beautiful purple hues of the hills, it is also praising March for bringing those very gorgeous colors. Basically what March takes away, it also brings and that is why blame and praise follow each other.

    In the form of a dialogue, this poem is free verse. Although there are no rhymes, this poem is already so musical in that there are short phrases that just sound good; it seems that there is almost no need for rhymes.

    What the poem is trying to show may be that when you have waited patiently for something and it shows up at your door, greet it warmly and enjoy it while it stays.

    Please let me know if this was helpful (:

  5. Haylie says:

    I was born in late March; I see this poem as the most precious present from Emily.

  6. fredricka says:

    this is such a good poem. i used it for a school project. i feel that the poet is trying to express emotions with the weather changes…well done my deceased friend! mindenkineck van edge alma! asazep uckenecka sema kake! o sed e sha det a!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding the meaning or the theme of this poem by Emily Dickinson better? If accepted, your analysis 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.