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He touched me, so I live to know by Emily Dickinson


"He touched me, so I live to know" is poem written by Emily Dickinson. In this writing, the poet was touched by a man and she is now feeling as if she's in heaven. This can both mean that she was touched by a man she loved or touched by God. Or, she felt as if she was touched by God when she was touched by the man.

This poem is written in three stanzas containing six lines in each. The third and sixth lines are written in iambic-triameter while the rest are written in iambic-quadrameter. The third and sixth lines also rhyme, as do the first and second and the fourth and fifth. However, not all the rhymes are perfect. For example, the second stanza attempts to rhyme "before" with "air". It is a rhyme, but it isn't perfect.

Johnson number: 506


He touched me, so I live to know

He touched me, so I live to know
That such a day, permitted so,
I groped upon his breast --
It was a boundless place to me
And silenced, as the awful sea
Puts minor streams to rest.

And now, I'm different from before,
As if I breathed superior air --
Or brushed a Royal Gown --
My feet, too, that had wandered so --
My Gypsy face -- transfigured now --
To tenderer Renown --

Into this Port, if I might come,
Rebecca, to Jerusalem,
Would not so ravished turn --
Nor Persian, baffled at her shrine
Lift such a Crucifixial sign
To her imperial Sun.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

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