Do not seat your love upon a precipice
because it is high.
What is the meaning of the word high in this sentence?
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Matt Ellen gives a nice answer to the question of what high means.
I would just like to comment on the interpretation of the whole sentence - in poetry, and especially free verse, the following is possible
Do not seat your love high upon a precipice - it is dangerous.
Do not seat your love upon a precipice just because it is high - and beautiful to look from above.
(other meanings of high can also apply - high in a sense of above, more worthy of others; putting something high and thinking highly of someone)
So, in the poem and especially a seemingly simple like the one quoted, you are often given the opportunity to contemplate not on a single possible interpretation, but on all of them and it can deliberately be written "ambiguously". Actually this kind of "ambiguity", in my eye, carries certain aesthetics, if all meanings convey different facets of the same idea or different, but consistent ideas.
The precipice is high, as in the same way a mountain is high.
So you should not put you love on the high precipice because that is dangerous.
I'm not very familiar with the poem, but this line could have a variety of meanings.
Because it is high
can be meant to make us visualize a risky, high precipice, or it can be meant to make us think of how something can be important, or both. For example:
Don't put your heart in an impossible dream.
High means something too difficult or impossible. This sentence is suggesting to not dream too high and put all your thinking and mind on this dream.
While it is true (as the other answers point out) that
high may refer to the height or location of the precipice, and also to its status (
high can mean royal or special, not common),
high can also refer to intoxication due to a drug or other substance. It is common to associate love with intoxication.