The title alone got me hooked. When I first read the title, I thought this poem was going to be about how she's on the same team with her heart and they have to work together to forget him. I personally think that this poem was written with full on hope on forgetting him, whoever he may be, since we, well I know little about her.When I read the line "You and I, to-night," It made me realize how strongly I felt about being on the same side as your heart and actually "working together" instead of some heart vs mind situation, which is usually the predicament.
After I read the poem, I still thought that her voice was hopeful. I also thought that there was a hint of sadness in her voice. "You may forget the warmth he gave, I will forget the light," these two lines just... Woah. I like how she worded this. I'm taking this all in and it's like people/significant others really do impact your life. It shows that people still impact your life, even after they're gone. Her heart must play the role in forgetting the warmth he brought into her life, her being, her essence. She must forget the light, the happy and the good he brought into her life. I'm writing this and it actually sounds really depressing.
It's really easy to think of Emily Dickinson as a strong, independent women. At least for me it was. It was also easy to think that she had an enormously kind/gentle heart. Yet, she had a weakness and it was love. "While you're lagging, I may remember him!" She's convinced she'll forget him, but she knew it wouldn't be easy. It wasn't going to be black and white. She probably remembered him and for some reason that meant everything.
You know, i'm a big fan of poetry. I haven't been exposed to much of it, just what I stumble upon. But poetry is amazing. Poems about love have always been my all time favorite. Well people, especially grown ups love saying that you don't understand because you're "too young" or "you haven't experienced that yet" or simply that our feelings and opinions are invalid. Yet, with poetry or any form of writing we can interpret a broad topic and make it our own. Make it fit our lives and experiences. That's why it'll stick with us and I just think that being able to do that is amazing.