A Secret told —
Ceases to be a Secret — then —
A Secret — kept —
That — can appal but One —

Better of it — continual be afraid —
Than it —
And Whom you told it to — beside —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem A Secret told


  1. frumpo says:

    Do not divulge confidences.

  2. frumpo says:

    Do not divulge confidences.

  3. chay says:

    this poem is amazing! so true

  4. Tessa says:

    This poem means alot to me because it is telling you that a secret can only be kept beetween you and yourself and once it is told you might as well write it on the chalk board in front of a whole class becusea everyone will know.

  5. Nicole says:

    I really liked this poem because it’s so true and while reading it I thought of I Love Lucy. For all the secrets between them.

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