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Wild Night! Wild Nights! by Emily Dickinson


"Wild Nights! Wild Nights!" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This writing is about Dickinson with her lover. The first stanza says that their "wild nights" together should be their luxury. The second stanza is saying that it should even though it will be wild, it will also be planned out well, "with a compass" and "with the chart". The final stanza says that they will be in Eden during these wild nights.

This poem is written as three stanzas with four lines in each. In the first stanza, each line contains four syllables. In the second, Dickinson switches it up by making the second and third lines made up of five syllables while the others have four. The third stanza has syllables five, three, four, four. This is a strangely different rhythm scheme than used in Dickinson's other writings.

Johnson number: 249


Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

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 but moor
To-night in Thee!

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Night, Love, Relationship

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