Poet: Emily Dickinson
"Go tell it" -- What a Message --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
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Nov 21 2009
Comment 1 of 1, added on April 24th, 2007 at 4:38 PM.
Dickinson in this poem remembers the monumental self-sacrifice of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans in the battle of Thermopylae, through Simonide's (an ancient Greek poet’s) famous epigram which freely translates as: “Oh stranger passing by, please go tell it (verify it) to the Lacedaemonians (our fellow Spartans back home) that you were here and you saw with your own eyes that we have all died (we did not defect,)remaining faithful to their commands /laws” (to fight to the death in order to defend the gates of Thermopylae.)
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