Poem explanation I had no time to hate- Emily Dickinson

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I had no time to hate, because
The grave would hinder me,
And life was not so ample I
Could finish enmity.
Nor had I time to love, but since
Some industry must be,
The little toil of love, I thought,
Was large enough for me.

Apr 26th, 2015

The speaker of this poem declares that she did not have any time to hate (“I had no time to Hate –“), because she knew this hatred would be ended with her death (“Because / The Grave would hinder Me –“), and she didn’t have enough time before that end, because life is short (“And Life was not so / Ample I / Could finish”), to finish the task of hating (“Enmity”).

For the same reason—the brevity of life—she didn't have time to love (“Nor had I time to Love –“), but since she had to do something with her life (“But since / Some Industry must be –“) other than sit and wait for death, she decided that the small act of loving (“The little Toil of Love –“) would be sufficient for her (“I thought / Be large enough for Me –“).


Apr 26th, 2015

what kind of explaination would you like...please be spacific. Thanks

Apr 26th, 2015

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Apr 26th, 2015

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Apr 26th, 2015

I think that this poem is about her regreting the time she didn't have to hate or love. 

When she says that she "had no time", its as if she is saying that she is out of time as if she is about to die or is near death.

Looks as though she is looking from her death bed and just accepting what was of her life... admitting that she never had time to feel the full emotions of hate. 

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