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"Heart! We will forget him!

" By Emily Dickinson [Analysis]

Heart! We will forget him![1] You and I -- tonight![2] You may forget the warmth he gave --[3] I will forget the light![4] When you have done, pray tell me[5] That I may straight begin![6] Haste! lest while you're lagging[7] I remember him![8]
Poem 47 [F64] "Heart! We will forget him!" Analysis by David Preest [Poem]

It is clear that Emily is finding it difficult to forget a man who brought warmth and light into her life and it is probable that the man is Samuel Bowles. The change to a trochaic rhythm in line 7 in an otherwise iambic poem has a suitably lagging effect.