Name Institution of Affiliation Course Date HEART, WE WILL FORGET HIM! By: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) The poem “Heart, We will not forget him!” is one of the greatest pieces of literature written by Emily Dickson. The author was born in 1830 and died in 1886 from a kidney disease…
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To start with, the author uses repetition. Repetition is a poetic language where the other uses same words, phrases or statements several times in the piece of poem. In this poem, the poet repeats the word “forget” three times in the first stanza. Through repetition, it is observed that the persona is longing for the heart and her mind to forget the man who she loved so much. She wants to forget the warmth, the love, and all the sweet experiences she and her lover once shared. Repetition is normally used to emphasize a point. In this poem, it is evidently clear that the persona longs for the time that she will forget her lover totally. Her goal and strongest desire is to delete all the memories regarding her lover. Unfortunately, her heart and mind seem not to be coordinating. In as much as her mind wants to forget him, her heart still lags behind. This language evokes a feeling of longing in the readers mind. The poet also uses personification in the poem. Personification refers to a style where the poet gives non-human objects, organs or things qualities that befit humans. For instance, she pleads with her heart to join her in the effort of forgetting the lover. This is evidence in first and second line of the first stanza. She pleads with the heart that they may forget the lover the tonight. She further says that the heart should forget the warmth that the lover gave it as she concentrates on forgetting the light. In the third stanza, the persona urges the heart to pray and let her know when it thoroughly deletes memories of the lover so that she can also dim the light. She urges the heart not to delay the process lest she also refreshes the memories about the lover. This poetic language evokes a feeling of desperation in the reader. In as much as the persona desires to forget the lover, it is hard because the decision does not solely depend on her. She has to plead with the heart to also let go of the memories. The poet also uses symbolism or rather figurative language to achieve the intended meaning on the readers mind. For instance, the use of ‘warmth’ and ‘light’ in the first stanza is figurative. In this situation, warmth is used to refer to the comfortable environment, whereas light is used to imply hope or future. The persona urges the heart to forget about the comforts, and all the good experiences the lover brought. On the other hand, the dimming of the light brings a feeling of hopelessness and undesirable future. This language has been used to evoke feelings of sympathy and desperation in the readers mind. Similarly, the word ‘heart’ has been used symbolically in the poem. Heart is used figuratively to imply the love and affections the persona feels for her lover. In as much as the lover is gone, the love she felt for him is so strong that the heart does not want to let go. Therefore, she is left at the mercies of the heart. If the heart refuses to let go of love, then the persona has no other option other than continue suffering in the memories of a lost lover. The mood of the poem is sombre and sorrowful. The persona is left by the lover at the time she did not expect or anticipate. Even though, she still has strong feelings towards the lover, he remains largely missing. Efforts to separate herself from the memories of the lover leave her hopeless and dejected. For example, she urges the heart to
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