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Comment 12 of 62, 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 62, 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 62, 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
Comment 9 of 62, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 10:34 AM.

I bought this book of Dickinson poems a few years back and this poem is the
first one in that book. It also happens to be one of my favorite of hers. I
agree with what Wallace said about reading more into it. I find that most
poems mean more than what they are just saying. That is the beauty of
poetry! Also look at the background of the author. I know that when I
write, I write from what I know. I think that the same goes for Emily
Dickison. I think she wrote this poem based on her isolation. To me she is
saying that through her poetry, that she is able to tell the world her
thoughts and feelings. She kindly asking a very judgemental world to take
it easy on her. In a way, isn't that what we all want? The world can be
harsh and I love how she points it out! I love her work and can go on for
hours on it but I bet I have bored you enough!

belle from United States
Comment 8 of 62, added on October 12th, 2005 at 2:41 PM.

Emily Dickinson is definitely a facinating poet... However her poems carry
very subtle messages that takes a great deal of observation and reading to
decifer. This poem is about Emily's isolation from the world; if you're
uninformed of her situation,I suggest you read up on her.The poem also
notes the fact of that she was constanly being judged by those around her;
despite they not knowing her.

Wallace
Comment 7 of 62, added on August 29th, 2005 at 11:38 PM.

I always thought this was Emily's last poem. There's something so finally
about it. She seems sad like- "I wish I had taken time to get to know the
outside world" and vice versa. Out of all Emily's poems, I think I can
relate to this one most. We've all felt depressed at times and the
heart-break just makes me want to reach out and say, "I'm here. You're not
alone." It's a wonderful, touching poem and I hope wherever she is, Emily
knows how many lives she is touching.

Heather from United States
Comment 6 of 62, added on May 25th, 2005 at 5:23 AM.

what do you mean by: this poem is so beautiful? can you comment on it?

mimi from Luxembourg
Comment 5 of 62, added on March 11th, 2005 at 10:06 AM.

I love this poem it, was really beautiful and I love the way she says
things to the world in hate and she doesn't say anything bad. LOVED IT!

NG from United States
Comment 4 of 62, added on March 1st, 2005 at 11:21 AM.

ok the first 2 lines give the mood, as somewhat decieved, you can see she's
angry with life.

-somewhat of a Dickinson fanatic @ 14-

mel
Comment 3 of 62, added on February 12th, 2005 at 8:04 PM.

this is a wonderful poem because it really expresses her true heartfelt
emotions.



c.l. 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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