Love — is anterior to Life —
Posterior — to Death —
Initial of Creation, and
The Exponent of Earth —

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4 Comments

  1. Marius Vordal says:

    I am not an expert on Dickenson or her work, but should not the last line read “(…) exponent of breath” (as opposed to “(…) exponent of earth”) ?

  2. Alija Rabatin says:

    When you look at it, there is no way to stop love. You can love someone even if they hate you. Everyone needs to love someone otherwise there is no reason for us to live.

  3. student says:

    I think that this poem refers to love in connection to life. It is ever-present; it does not have a starting point, nor does it end. According to Dickinson in this poem, love is eternal.

  4. tatiana says:

    Love–is anterior to Life. I believe that while Dickinson was writting this poem. She wanted people to know that every time she created a new poem was a new beggining. “Initial of creation.

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