Valentine Poem: "Wild nights!--wild nights!" by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) led the life of a shut-in and wrote the life of a passionate sylph. Her poems are assertive and expansive, attuned to nature and ecstasy and death.  She first composed "Wild nights!--wild nights!" in Amherst, Mass. in 1861, shortly after a possible crush moved to the far coast.  Although Dickinson enclosed poems in her letters and handmade her own chapbooks, her poetry was not published until after her death.  This version of the poem is reprinted with the permission of the online text copyright owner, Ian Lancashire of the University of Toronto and General Editor of Representative Poetry Online.

Wild nights!--wild nights!
by Emily Dickinson

Wild nights!--wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile the winds
To a heart in port--
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart!

Rowing in Eden--
Ah, the sea!
Might I moor, tonight
In thee!

Online text copyright c. 2009, Ian Lancashire (the Department of English) and the University of Toronto.


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