“Go tell it” — What a Message —

“Go tell it” — What a Message —
To whom — is specified —
Not murmur — not endearment —
But simply — we — obeyed —
Obeyed — a Lure — a Longing?
Oh Nature — none of this —
To Law — said sweet Thermopylae
I give my dying Kiss —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem “Go tell it” — What a Message —

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  1. Nicos says:

    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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