Emily Dickinson has always been my most fave 18th century poet whose poetry I so much adore. Her works revolve around nature, love, and death. She is best known for her dashes and capitalized first letter of some words in her poems. I believe she has greatly influenced my style of writing. When I first read about her, I would think of her as someone who, besides living such a reclusive life, was born, lived and died in Amherst. Here’s one favorite piece:

Why do I love You, Sir?
The Wind does not require the Grass
To answer—Wherefore when He pass
She cannot keep Her place.

Because He knows—and
Do not You—
And We know not—
Enough for Us
The Wisdom it be so—

The Lightning—never asked an Eye
Wherefore it shut—when He was by—
Because He knows it cannot speak—
And reasons not contained—
—Of Talk—
There be—preferred by Daintier Folk—

The Sunrise—Sire—compelleth Me—
Because He’s Sunrise—and I see—
I love Thee—

source: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/why-do-i-love-you-sir/


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