“Why do I love” You, Sir?
by Emily Dickinson
“Why do I love” You, Sir?
The Wind does not require the Grass
To answer—Wherefore when He pass
She cannot keep Her place.
Because He knows—and
Do not You–
And We know not–
Enough for Us
The Wisdom it be so–
The Lightning—never asked an Eye
Wherefore it shut—when He was by–
Because He knows it cannot speak–
And reasons not contained–
There be—preferred by Daintier Folk–
The Sunrise—Sire—compelleth Me–
Because He’s Sunrise—and I see–
I love Thee–
Note: Emily Dickinson’s poems are often described as unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use unconventional capitalization and punctuation. The poem above contains all the unconventional punctuation, dashes, and capitalization as was originally written by Ms. Dickinson. I mention this point so you would not wonder why the poem is written the way it is. If you get the chance to read Ms. Dickinson’s other poems, you will also find out that she is fond of employing natural phenomena as metaphors.
The poem above is merely saying that reason and logic cannot be applied to matters of the heart. Loving someone is just like some of the things that occur in nature – things happen just because. No need to ask the reason why such things happen because there is no clear answer. In the poem, the following metaphors were used:
(1) Wind does not ask the Grass why it bends when Wind passes by
(2) Lightning does not ask the Eyes why they shut close when Lightning strikes
(3) She (the poet) wakes up at sunrise, because her body is compelled to wake up at sunrise…
In our drama, Seolnan fell in love with Crown Prince Myeong Nong despite the hard time he gave her and the manipulative ways he treated her. The scene depicted above is from episode 37, just one of several instances when the Crown Prince used his manipulative ways to make Seolnan do his bidding.
The Crown Prince gave Seolnan a pretty set of dress, then took her out for a meal. Seolnan thought that the Crown Prince is taking her out on a date, and was so happy. It is the first time she wore such a pretty dress, and given attention by such a handsome and prominent man. She tried to change her ways by acting demure (so as not to embarrass the Crown Prince?) Only to find out that the Crown Prince dressed her up and took her out for a spy mission. The Crown Prince even gave her a dagger to make her first kill. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Just thinking about it again makes my heart ache for Seolnan.
In episode 65, while the Crown Prince and Seolnan were incarcerated in the storeroom, the Crown Prince told Seolnan that she must have resented him for manipulating her many times. Seolnan agreed that she indeed resented the Crown Prince for the way he treated her. However, Seolnan also said that no matter how much she resented him for the way he used her, she could not maintain her anger towards him. The simple explanation, of course, is that Seolnan is already in love with the Crown Prince that early in their relationship.
Why would a girl fall in love with someone who used and manipulated her? I, for one, can understand Seolnan. It is really very hard not to fall in love with the Crown Prince, or stay angry with him for long when he is so charmingly portrayed by Jo Hyun Jae. 😀
Well, that is just how love is most of the time. You cannot tell your heart whom to love. You just love. You do not know why you love that person… you love him (or her), just because.
It is a lot like being a fan of Jo Hyun Jae (or any other artist, for that matter.) Friends would ask me why I like/love/admire JHJ. I would say
(1) because he is a very good actor (but there are plenty of good actors out there! – my friends would say)
(2) because he is a beautiful man (but there are plenty of handsome actors out there!)
(3) because he is a very good person, very gentle and sweet (but there are plenty of people with those same qualities out there!)
(4) well, I like/love/admire JHJ because…. because… because… just because!
I always end up with reason #4. Sometimes, there are just things or feelings that cannot be explained by mere words. Sometimes, there are just things or feelings that need no explanation, they just are. Love is one of those things. ❤
BGM Information: “First Love” by Joe Hisaishi
Credit: Posters 1 and 2 from DC/SBH; Poster 3 from DC/JHJ. Thanks!