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Comment 19 of 59, added on November 10th, 2008 at 7:35 AM.

I don't understand this poem at all. Y'all are so smart-like I can't
understand nothin. I wish one day, I could be as smart-like as y'all folks.
I may only have one eye, but I sure do know a good poem when I see one. And
this isn't a good poem. Fo Sho.

K Dawg from Saint Kitts and Nevis
Comment 18 of 59, added on October 20th, 2008 at 3:39 PM.

The thing about poetry is that it is not necessarily about what you have
experienced, but perhaps what you would like to experience or what you see
other people experience. It is possible to know of nature, or Nature, if
you will, by being anyone--- even a recluse. Aside from that entirely,
being a poet may not be as personal as you all so recklessly assume.
Although she is her subject, you must look at her words, and less at what
she was.

Look at Dickinson's word choice: . . ."judge tenderly. . . of me" shows
that yes, Nature's "sweet countrymen" have been judging her, but tenderly,
and that she doesn't mind as much as you all assume she does. Perhaps it
was more that the world did not understand her, just as much as she did not
understand the world.

Explicate this instead of being blinded by what you decide she was or was
not.



Jichael from United States
Comment 17 of 59, added on June 5th, 2007 at 7:10 PM.

I just recently studied Emily Dickinson for school, and even though I
myself have not had a lot of what some would call 'life experience' because
of my age, I am still able to at least appreciate this peom. In a few
simple but concise lines Emily Dickinson captures the way she views the
world and how it accepts her. Of course she wrote about death quite a lot,
but her poems were never morbid - they only display her wonder and
curiosity at death. We all have this curiosity, though many of us are too
afraid of death to even allow ourselves to think about it. However, to say
that Emily had never had any life experiences or to make generalizations
about her decisions in life is extremely immature. Emily's isolation
allowed her to discover many unique views about the world and life that she
would never have made otherwise. And without these discoveries, we would
have never been able to see things from a different point of view as she
did.
I would also appreciate it if people commenting would make complete
arguements and not just stupid statements without backing them up. Thanks.

Catherine from United States
Comment 16 of 59, added on May 16th, 2007 at 6:05 PM.

wow, yall get way to deep into this. especially you jordie (mostly cause i
only read you and kel's comments). I dont really even know anything about
emily dickinson but know that she died of Bright's disease, not some eye
disease. speaking of eye diseases, i have what your talking about and i go
outside all the time so even if she did, thats no excuse. just because you
like her poetry doesnt mean you have to defend her to the death. she was a
recluse, and even though she did have a semi-strong family relationship,
she intentionally separated herself from society. and i agree with kel, she
does focus on death a little too much. get over it jordie and go get
yourself a life.

dale from United States
Comment 15 of 59, added on April 18th, 2007 at 5:54 PM.

To Kel: Your comment showed your ignorance of Emily Dickinson. If you knew
anything at all about her you would realize that she actually was
considered "normal" until about her thirty's. She actually was hurt by a
man she fell in love with, she published a few poems in her life, she
lowered candy to children out of her bedroom window and she observed the
world around her with a very perceptive eye. She was very close to her
father and sister, and you saying that she never cared for anyone shows
that you are ignorant and uneducated. Also, a theory as to why she had to
stay inside is that she had an eye problem that made the bright light of
outside extremely painful for her to be in. It was probably this same
condition that brought about her early death.

Jordie from United States
Comment 14 of 59, added on April 17th, 2006 at 9:09 PM.

kel, you're statement that she never had any experience in life is
completely false. Her poetry and reclusiveness are the result of the
torment of death and the struggle with the concept of eternity. saying she
had no experience with life does not make sense because she was at least 30
yrs. old before she became reclusive!

josh buchheit from United States
Comment 13 of 59, added on April 17th, 2006 at 8:57 PM.

To kel: Obviously you've never suffered from depression. I might say the
same thing you said about Emily Dickinson, because until you've been
severly hurt enough to seclude yourself from the world, you cannot
accurately comment on suffering. Secondly, you completely left out the
literary value of the poem. Oh, by the way-people don't have to read her
poems, but they do, that's why she happens to be one of the most popular
poets today. :)

josh buchheit from United States
Comment 12 of 59, added on April 14th, 2006 at 10:32 PM.

I think "kel" just proved the point Ms. Dickinson was trying to make with
this poem. He calls her "stupid, self-absorbed, and morbid." I think that's
exactly what she meant by the world being harsh to her. She must have known
how "normal" society would view her. Just because a person feels more
comfortable in seclusion, society views them as weird and looks down on
them. In this poem, Ms. Dickinson was asking people not to judge her
because of the life she led. Unfortunately, even today, people are still
doing that exact thing.

Mindy from United States
Comment 11 of 59, added on April 12th, 2006 at 8:50 PM.

Emily dickinson describes her life through this poem; her loneliness and
desperate need for a true friend even if she does chose to isolate herself.
She obviously states that her one and true friend is nature which is ironic
since nature is pictured as "evil" in most poems if you haven't noticed.
Instead she shows that nature is "good" because mother earth has given her
the love that she yearns for.It seems as though she has had people walk out
on her in this line, "Her Message is committed..." as if mother earth is
the only thing that will stay by her side.Ultimately, the poem is ok by my
standards but does not develop any empathy from me, which is what most
writers want to develop to draw the readers in, so yea i guess it's ok.

Mims
Comment 10 of 59, added on March 28th, 2006 at 9:11 PM.

emily dickinson really has no right to say that the world is harsh to her.
She shut the world out and buried herself in her poetry. No one should
have to accept her or her poems which are so wrapped around herself. You
can't try to write when you have no experience in life. No one can relate.
This is why so much of her writings focuses on death. She is so self
absorbed because she never tried to care for anyone else. All she can
think about is her own endings! ugh so stupid to have to study such a
morbid recluse person. If you want to shut yourself off, then shut off all
your writings too. No one wants to read them

kel 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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