My River runs to thee —
Blue Sea! Wilt welcome me?
My River wait reply —
Oh Sea — look graciously —
I’ll fetch thee Brooks
From spotted nooks —
Say — Sea — Take Me!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem My River runs to thee


  1. Nick Payne says:

    The association of water with spirit is common. Emily may have used “My River” as a metaphor for her soul. Since all rivers flow to the sea and become one with the sea, the sea (which she gave an uppercase “S” implying divinity, could represent the Universal Source, or God.

  2. Nizar Sartawi says:

    In this poem Emily Dickenson presents two “personae,” the river is not just flowing towards the sea; it is running. And it is not going there empty handed; it is bringing gifts for the sea, “brooks from all the nooks, and begs for acceptance. The sea is depicted as a deity or god. The river and all the nooks are offerings, or sacrifices, brought to this god. In the last line, the poetess seeks to be united with the sea, the person she loves.

  3. vincy says:

    i think this poem means she runing to someone she love or society she asking for them to welcome her take as she is she’s bribing them to take her because she say i’ll fetch thee brooks and then at the end she is just tell them or him to take her

  4. Jacinda C says:

    luv this poem!

  5. John Macintosh says:

    I think this poem is great, its like going far away from ur problems to a better place or have a better life.

  6. reba says:

    i really love this poem. it may not make purfect sence but it it gives you somthing to think about. and even though you are down never think that you are alone. but the real question is “wlith thow welcome me?”

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