Why Is Emily Dickinson's Heart We Will Forget Him?

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Many authors use their works as an emotional outlet. An emotional outlet is a way for a person to express her emotions through art or a hobby, usually something healthy and non-destructive to themselves or others. Often times, people express their emotions by yelling or even physical violence, but some have mastered the use of an action or even meditation instead. Emily Dickinson, though there is no way to tell exactly, used her poetry as an emotional outlet without going outside of her house. Emily Dickinson’s poetry served as an outlet for her emotions by allowing her to express her ideas and to make commentary on events occurring in her own life.
Emily Dickinson’s “If you were coming in the fall” explores the topic of hope by presenting
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We will forget Him!” uses not only the words but the punctuation to profess an anger as the narrator is fighting a war between emotion and logic. The narrator expresses her anger through the use of exclamation points, demanding “Heart! We will forget him!”(1). There is a clear indication that the narrator is wanting intellect to win over her emotions, but that is almost never the case. The narrator assumes forgetting her lover will make the pain better and is angry at her heart for not allowing her to forget him. She wants to forget him as soon as possible “Haste! Lest while you’re lagging” (7), once again using an exclamation point to indicate anger and hurry, wanting the pain to end. The narrator is angry at herself for not being able to forget him and letting him get to her. This poem may allude to an unrequited love interest of Dickinson’s and the pain that comes with it. Forgetting someone or moving on is a lot harder when it is not certain if the feelings were ever shared. The truth may not be positive, but it is better than uncertainty. The narrator has been hurt somehow by her lover, and is not only angry with him but at herself. Pain makes it harder to forget someone as well. The narrator thinks that if the emotion goes away, so will the pain and the memories, which may be true, but the narrator is not entirely certain. However, she demands her heart to hurry with the process of forgetting, hoping that this solution will work
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