Emily Dickinson has written many poems during her time; one of which being poem 47 called
“Heart! We will forget him.” The poem was published in 1955, and ever since then it showed many
readers the difficulties of love, and how innocent the mind and the heart is when it comes to love. The
writer Emily Dickinson uses many poetic devices, the way it’s written, along with feelings portrayed in
the poem to illustrate the difficulties of being rejected, and what love has given the heart and the mind.
Emily Dickinson uses flashback as one of her devices to remind her heart what it has missed,
which leads to her remembering the one who she loves. The quote “You may forget the warmth he
gave- I will forget the light,” which display what the lover had given Emily Dickson. Emily Dickinson,
however reminded the heart about what it had, which leads to her remembering. Emily Dickinson is
trying to illustrate how tough and addictive love is. Love is impossible to forget, and impossible to let go
of. The flashback creates the tone and the mood is very innocent and childish, which is basically Emily
trying to forget her first love. Emily also personifies, along with symbolizes the heart for love. She orders
the heart as a person, and a partner, a partner who will get her through this lost and broken love, even
though Emily herself does not build on whether or not she wants this love to be fixed, the heart does
not want to forget, which is why she remembers by the end of the poem. This goes back to the main
idea of the poem, which is to show that being rejected is difficult, along with concept of love just being
something impossible to comprehend.
Emily has written this in a different way. Emily uses quite a lot of hyphens, along with some
repetition, and a rhyme or two. Starting from the easy stanza writing, the reader is able to read this
clearly without much problem making this poem a simplistic poem, with a simple idea. The hyphens also
add much more clarity to the poem, making it have simple and easy to understand the ideas, and
content, which leads to the simple rhyme in tonight and light. There is not much rhyming produced in
this poem, however the clarity that this poem shows is simplistic, which makes the idea of broken love
stand out much more. This type of technique also makes the poem so simplistic that the idea is easily
The poem also displays a hefty amount of emotions, from just simple seeing the imagery in the
quote: “I remember him,” to simply the emotion felt within the quote: “you may forget the warmth he
gave.” The quote “I remember him” displays emotions of pain by the end because the mind does not
forget and gives out a shocking twist and displays imagery of scars reopening again. However, on the
other hand the quote “you may forget the warmth he gave” displays a feeling of love and compassion, a
feeling of great intensity for being in love for the first and having blood circulating in the heart, and out
the heart, quickly. The contrast between the two feelings displays how hard of a concept love is, and
Emily Dickinson has displayed love as a difficult concept, along with rejection being near
impossible for the heart and mind to accept. Using poetic devices, technique, and a lot of emotions,
Emily Dickinson has displayed the emotions she has felt due to love.
Emily Dickinson has written a poem called “The Moon was but a Chin of Gold,” which displays
Emily just stating how delighted she is by the moon. The moon is so magical, she is stirred by
excitement. The excitement makes her see the beauty of the moon, and make comparisons to a
“Amplest Blond,” or “Gold.” Emily Dickinson uses poetic devices, along with emotions to convey how
beautiful a moon truly is.
Emily uses personification, metaphor, along with imagery to show that the moon is beautiful,
and a thing to truly love. Personification is used within the quote “and now she turns her perfect face
upon the world below,” which demonstrates how the moon is personified into a she. The metaphor “the
moon was but a chin of gold” displays how gold is a metal that doesn’t rot, a metal, which always keeps
it beauty, and to add to that Emily used a chin to show how beautiful even the smallest part of human
can be beautiful it in its own way. Imagery is also used by Emily through the quotes: “Amplest Blonde,”
and the cheek being a “Beryl hewn,” along with her eye being“Summer Dew.” All of these images display
how beautiful the moon is and how Emily Dickinson admires it.
Emily uses a lot of emotions through the uses of poetic devices to convey love, and admiration.
Through the use of the quote: “the moon was but a chin of gold,” displays the moon being malleable,
which displays admiration. Innocence is shown by the characteristics that Emily has given the moon for
example the quote: “her cheeks-a Beryl hewn,” which display innocence of how the cheek of the moon
Emily Dickinson in this poem displays a sincere care for the moon. She loves the moon, and the
magic that it gives to the people who look at it. Through the use of poetic devices, along with emotions,
and imagery, Emily has been able to display to the reader the appreciation of objects such as the moon,
which normally people do not notice.