Is it true, dear Sue?
Are there two?
I shouldn’t like to come
For fear of joggling Him!
If I could shut him up
In a Coffee Cup,
Or tie him to a pin
Till I got in —
Or make him fast
To “Toby’s” fist —
Hist! Whist! I’d come!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Is it true, dear Sue?


  1. frumpo says:

    Two is company; three is a crowd.

  2. Rachel says:

    Susan Huntington Dickinson was Emily’s sister in law yes, but she was also a very close friend of Emily’s throughout her lifetime, some have even suggested that Susan was her primary inspiration and greatest love. I am only learning these things now as I have long read Emily Dickinsons poems but had thought I knew all there was to know about her. In my recent studies of this poet I find I was very wrong in thinking this, Iknew enough to know she was a recluse who devoted herself to her writings,but I didn’t know of her true interactions and depth of feeling for those she counted amongst her loved ones, nor her apparent great loyalties to them, and I find I can read her poetry far more deeply now. The more I’ve read the more fascinated I become, both by Emily herself, her poems and her relationship with Susan Huntington Gilbert. I think this poem displays her frustrations with Susan, or moreso the situation as Susan was so dear to Emily from what I can discearn that Emily would blame her for nothing as she could do no wrong. But of course I could be mistaken.

    • Kameelah says:

      Many years later but if you haven’t already definitely watch the show Dickinson it’s on Apple TV + I think the show did a great job in relating her poems to the events in the show and in this show she is in love (romantically) with sue and sue her.

  3. Skippy says:

    Isn’t Sue her sister-in-law? We just finished studying her for class and I believe it was. How interesting.

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