Extra Poem: Wild Nights! Wild Nights

Emily Dickinson (1839– 1886) was an American poet who became famous after she died.
Even though she had little personal experience with romance, many of her poems still have to do with love.

Wild Nights! Wild Nights

By Emily Dickinson

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 - Tonight -
In Thee!

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futile til ingen nytte
in port i hamn
moor fortøye



Understanding the poem

a) What does the speaker want to do?

  • go sailing with her lover
  • go rowing with her lover
  • be with her lover

b) Why doesn’t the speaker in the poem need a compass or a chart?
c) Why does she use so many exclamation marks (!), do you think?