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Can you analyze the Emily Dickinson poem number 441: "This is my letter to the world"?

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user3521318 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM via web

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Can you analyze the Emily Dickinson poem number 441: "This is my letter to the world"?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM (Answer #1)

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The analysis of this simple poem is a simple one. In this two stanza lyric in iambs, she laments that the world has never had much contact with her (she was a recluse) and begs that in the last analysis of her life, she be thought tenderly of:

441
This is my letter to the World
That never wrote to Me-
The simple News that Nature told-
With tender Majesty

Her Message is committed
To Hands I cannot see-
For love of Her-Sweet-countrymen-
Judge tenderly-of Me

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