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This is my letter to the World by Emily Dickinson


In "This is my letter to the World", Nature is personified as being able to tell something with "simple news that Nature told". However, the narrator cannot see what was told. But, she still tells the countrymen not to judge her (the narrator) quickly.

This poem can mean many different things. Why is she asking the countrymen not to judge her? Or, is it the author saying not to judge her or is nature asking the countrymen not to judge nature? There are no quotation marks and the author even states that she cannot see the message, so what does it mean? Could Dickinson be asking not to be judged for how she is (a shut-in and disease ridden)? Or perhaps not to judge her poems harshly? Or perhaps even not to judge her for her love of nature? Or, maybe, she is saying that she judged nature quickly when things didn't go her way.

Johnson number: 441


This is my letter to the World

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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19th Century


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