Two Legacies

Explore Emily Dickinson's profound exploration of love and pain as vast as the sea in "You left me – Sire – two Legacies." Learn the depths here.

Two Legacies
The following Emily Dickinson poem discusses legacies left by a departed one. The first, a "legacy of love," would content God himself. The second, "boundaries of pain," depicts sorrow as vast and unfathomable as the ocean.
You left me, sweet, two legacies – A legacy of love A Heavenly Father would content, Had He the offer of;
You left me boundaries of pain Capacious as the sea, Between eternity and time, Your consciousness and me.
This poem uses a ballad meter to depict the legacies of love and loss. There are two stanzas for two polarities, and each is a paradox. On one pole, there's a love so human, it'd have to be offered to God, yet so pure, he'd be content with it if offered. On the other pole, there are "boundaries of pain," capacious as the sea. Dickinson draws as vast a boundary as possible, "Between eternity and time, Your consciousness and me."

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