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Analysis and comments on This is my letter to the World by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 31 of 61, added on September 15th, 2011 at 7:24 AM.
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this is one of emily best poem and really worth liking. through she show
her inner feeling.i don,t know her use of dashes. she like shakespeare ,a
poet for all times ,thanks

rehan from Pakistan
Comment 30 of 61, added on September 15th, 2011 at 7:24 AM.
literature

this is one of emily best poem and really worth liking. through she show
her inner feeling.i don,t know her use of dashes. she like shakespeare ,a
poet for all times ,thanks

rehan from Pakistan
Comment 29 of 61, added on September 15th, 2011 at 7:24 AM.
literature

this is one of emily best poem and really worth liking. through she show
her inner feeling.i don,t know her use of dashes. she like shakespeare ,a
poet for all times ,thanks

rehan from Pakistan
Comment 28 of 61, added on September 15th, 2011 at 7:24 AM.
literature

this is one of emily best poem and really worth liking. through she show
her inner feeling.i don,t know her use of dashes. she like shakespeare ,a
poet for all times ,thanks

rehan from Pakistan
Comment 27 of 61, added on September 15th, 2011 at 7:24 AM.
literature

this is one of emily best poem and really worth liking. through she show
her inner feeling.i don,t know her use of dashes. she like shakespeare ,a
poet for all times ,thanks

rehan from Pakistan
Comment 26 of 61, added on July 2nd, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 25 of 61, added on March 6th, 2010 at 6:13 PM.
Poem Analysis

Emily is writing a letter to the world in the form of a poem. The world
does not recognize her because she never stepped foot past her
house/garden. She seems to be able to predict that someday people will be
reading her poems. She wishes to pass on the messages and lessons that
nature has taught her. Emily also has the expectation that the future
readers of her poems will enjoy nature as she did (line 7). She requests in
the last two lines that the readers will enjoy her poems and not critique
them too harshly (unlike some of the people who have left comments here).
The topic/abstract image is Nature and the concrete image is a letter. This
is a beautiful poem with a great message (: Hope this helps y'all!! ~Kim
Eun Hye


Eun Hye Kim from Korea, South
Comment 24 of 61, added on January 10th, 2010 at 10:50 AM.

emily was a unique and morally conduced soul. she was a woman of intense
passion and intimacy. apart from her eye condition, her reclusive life was
in a sense one of detachment and safe isolation by choice free of harsh
judgments from a cruel world... i think she never felt truly accepted. her
love for women can evasively be seen with her words "her message is
committed to hands i cannot see, for love of her... judge tenderly of me."
i think emily was in touch with her devotion to god, love, life and she
sought to express her profoundness in beautiful poems which those who are
seekers of truth still find resonance in.

kristen from Australia
Comment 23 of 61, added on September 11th, 2009 at 1:53 PM.

Dickinson's "letter" is her body of work, of which only two (I think) poems
were published during her lifetime. I believed she wanted her work to be
judged not by who she was but by the work itself ("for love her her" --
love of the poetry). Dickinson did send poems to people she cared about.
Her correspondence is poetical in itself. I believe this poem refers to the
poems she kept hidden, the ones she did not send, because she feared how
they would be judged. After she died, her siblings published bastardized
versions of the poems they found. Already they were judging her work and
not tenderly. Her poems were finally published in the last part of the 20th
century as she wrote them. I agree with Jichael. She did not understand the
world as much as the world did not understand her. I also believe her poem
says doesn't want people to judge her work because of who they think she
was or judge her for what they see in her poems.

Shirl from United States
Comment 22 of 61, added on September 8th, 2009 at 12:40 AM.

I think that Emily Dickinson is rightfully acclaimed as a writer, she had a
brilliant, modern way of thinking that was decades ahead of her time. She
pushed her candid thoughts into a society that did not allow for deviations
to the norm, especially from women. She was a virgin recluse yes, but I
feel like she secluded herself because she knew, after being judged poorly
by her fellow Americans for having such modern ideals, that she simply
could not be accepted into society in and of herself, and she had no desire
to assimilate or pretend to be something she was not. She reminds people in
this poem that nature is the ruling body for everyone in the end, referring
to death is my best guess, and I suspect the hands she cannot see are those
of Gods. To me it's as if she is not so much asking the world to judge her
nicely, but reminding them that it's not their place to do so, as none of
it will matter in the end.

Jennymac from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 441. This is my letter to the World
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 13 2003


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