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Comment 24 of 84, 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 84, 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 84, 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
Comment 21 of 84, added on February 6th, 2009 at 3:02 PM.

I'd rather read green eggs and ham!!!

jay dawg from United States
Comment 20 of 84, added on December 15th, 2008 at 9:14 PM.

K Dawng's comment is vey clever and so funny

Padraig from Australia
Comment 19 of 84, 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 84, 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

Jichael from United States
Comment 17 of 84, 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
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 84, 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 84, 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

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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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