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That I did always Love

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Carlyn Costo

on 7 May 2014

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Transcript of That I did always Love

The meaning of Emily Dickinson's poem
That I did always Love

suggests that without love, no one can or has truly lived. She explains that until you have felt love, you cannot understand how powerful and magical it is. She speaks of love as being everlasting and that if you do not love, you are living a life of suffering. She says that with love, life is eternal and she displays her longing for this special feeling in her life that she never got to experience.
The Meaning
Figurative Language
Emily Dickinson also uses repetition in this poem. She repeats the word "Love" multiple times to let the reader understand her longing for this feeling and to get her point across. If you were to read this poem, you would grasp the fact that it is obviously about love, even though you may not understand some of the words. Dickinson says that ( line 3-4 ) That till I loved / I did not love enough. she realizes that this man she is in love with is her life and that without him, she would be suffering.
That I Did Always Love
That I did always love
I bring thee proof
That till I loved
I never loved—Enough—

That I shall love alway—
I offer thee
That love is life—
And life hath Immortality—

This—dost thou doubt—Sweet—
Then have I
Nothing to show
But Calvary—

Figurative Language
Throughout the poem, Dickinson uses figurative language that show how significant love is in our world. She really puts emphasis on the word love and repeats it to get the point across. She uses many metaphors, one example is, as she explains, if you have doubt about love, (line 9) Then have I / nothing to show / but Calvary. Another example in the poem is ( line 7 ) That Love is Life , which suggests that in order to live a satisfactory life, love is what will achieve that longing.
Emily Dickinson
By: Carlyn Costo
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