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

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Love — is anterior to Life —


  1. J. J. Price says:

    .Love brings us together, leads to our birth, nurtures us, provides us the force for growth, sustains our existence and is the legacy that eventually remains.

  2. 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”) ?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Your email address will not be published.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.