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Comment 15 of 75, 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 75, 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 75, 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 75, 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 75, 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.

Comment 10 of 75, 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 75, 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 75, 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.

Comment 7 of 75, 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 75, 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

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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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