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Proud of my broken heart, since thou didst break it by Emily Dickinson

Analysis

"Proud of my broken heart, since thou didst break it" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem is written in a, b, a, b. The speaker looks at pain though she is proud to feel it and, since it came from her love, she perhaps thinks she deserves it. She ends the poem by showing her humility.

This poem is written as four stanzas with two lines in each, known as a couplet. However, the couplets rhyme with the next following couplet. Dickinson makes the first line longer than the second.

Johnson number: 1736

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Proud of my broken heart, since thou didst break it
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Proud of my broken heart, since thou didst break it,
Proud of the pain I did not feel till thee,

Proud of my night, since thou with moons dost slake it,
Not to partake thy passion, my humility.

Thou can'st not boast, like Jesus, drunken without companion
Was the strong cup of anguish brewed for the Nazarene

Thou can'st not pierce tradition with the peerless puncture,
See! I usurped thy crucifix to honor mine!

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