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I cannot live with You by Emily Dickinson is an emotional poem in which she shares her experiences and thoughts on death and love Some critics believe that she has written about her struggle with death and her desire to have a relationship with a man whose vocation was ministerial Reverend Charles Wadsworth She considers suicide as an option for relieving the pain she endures but decides against it The narrator more than likely Emily herself realizes that death will leave her even further away from the one that she loves There is a possibility that they will never be together again Arguing with herself Dickinson considers three major resolutions for the frustrations she is seeking to define and to resolve Each of these resolutions is expressed in negative form living wither her lover dying with him and discovering a world beyond nature Building on this series of negations Dickinson advances a catalogue of reasons for her covenant with despair which are both final and insufficient Throughout she excoriates the social and religious authorities that impede her union but she remains emotionally unconvinced that she has correctly identified her antagonists Pollack 182Dickinson begins her poem by saying that she cannot live with her lover because their life together is an object that can only be opened with a key The Sexton or church officer in charge of the maintenance of church property keeps the key The reverends involvement with God and with a woman at the same time is like a porcelain cup that is easily broken This is an example of Personification Life is personified as this old cup which is valuable until a new better one is availableSensory images are used to develop an interest for the reader and a way of showing what the author felt An example is in the fifth stanza And see YoufreezeWithout my Right of Frost The sense of touch is used when she says that one who
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