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Heart! We Will Forget Him! by Emily Dickinson


"Heart! We Will Forget Him!" by Emily Dickinson is a poem where the poet is telling her heart to forget her love so she will feel better and her "thoughts may dim". However, since her heart isn't forgetting him, she is remembering him.

This short poem is written as only two stanzas with four lines in each. Even though there isn't any particular meter structure, the poem stays consistent with her other short writings in that the first and third lines are longer than the second and fourth. She also consistently rhymes the second and fourth lines.

Johnson number: 47


Heart! We Will Forget Him!

Heart! We will forget him!
You an I, tonight!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
I will forget the light.

When you have done, pray tell me
That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Heart, Love, Broken Heart, Relationship

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