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THIS IS MY LETTER TO THE WORLD ANALYSIS

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THIS IS MY LETTER TO THE WORLD BY EMILY DICKINSON

‘This is My Letter to the World’ is written by Emily Dickinson, a critically acclaimed short poem. Comprising only eight lines, this poem attracted the attention of many critics because of its autobiographical elements i.e, Dickinson’s career as a writer. As the poem is autobiographical, it’s never difficult to identify the speaker with the author.

This is my Letter to the World Analysis

POEM TEXT

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!

                 – Emily Dickinson

POEM SUMMARY

The ‘Letter’ Dickinson talks about here is apparently the poem itself. She wants to convey something to this World (may be her readers) although it never writes her back (It can also be interpreted that Dickinson deplores that her audience or the reading public have never appreciated her poetic talent. Note: Although a large number of her works were revived and published posthumously, it is her tendency to write like this.) The news or the message she conveys to the World is ‘The simple News’ that Nature taught her with tender Majesty.

The Message which the ‘Mother Nature’ gave the author is being captured in this poem and is given in the Hands which the poet would never see. (Here the word ‘Hands’ refers to the whole future generation of possible readers).  At the end of the poem, the poet pleads the readers not to judge her (may be her works) very harshly and treat her Letter (Message/her works) to this World tenderly.

The poet writes this poem in the name of Mother Nature.  She pleads to her readers not to blame her for any shortcomings in her writings (as it is the nature who inspired her in all her writings) and ‘This is Her Letter to the World’. This is My Letter to the World Analysis, This is My Letter to the World Analysis, This is My Letter to the World Analysis, This is My Letter to the World Analysis

POEM ANALYSIS

The poet worries that she is unable to communicate with the world, “This is my letter to the world, That never wrote to me”.  On contrary, she is able to communicate with the world through this letter. She requests the readers, the lovers of nature, to “Judge tenderly of me”. The ‘Letter’ here is a symbol of poetry (as the ‘letter’ here indirectly denotes this poem) and she tries to interpret or convey the world, the ‘The simple news that Nature told her, With tender majesty’. This is My Letter to the World Analysis, This is My Letter to the World Analysis,This is My Letter to the World Analysis

This is My Letter to the World by Emily Dickinson was a poem written around 1862. The poem is simple. It is the poet’s anxiety over her inability to communicate with the world. Since Emily Dickinson spent much of her adulthood period in isolation, she has reflected her recluse life in this compact letter (poem). 

The whole letter is addressed directly to the ‘world’. The word ‘world’ can be interpreted in two ways: One is the the people of the world; the other is the ‘world itself” that never wrote to her. That means the poet personifies ‘the world’ which has got the ability to write her back.

THEMES IN THE POEM

RECLUSE LIFE

As we have seen in ‘This is My Letter to the World Analysis‘ section, this poem is the poet’s ‘longing for communication with the world and to be a part of it’. Being disconnected with the world for long, it is natural for anyone wishing to be a part of it. It is evident in the line ‘That never wrote to me’. Apparently she tries to connect with the world to end her feelings of isolation.

The speaker and the poet cannot be distinct personalities as the poet Dickinson had spent recluse life, most of her time in isolation. So, it is obviously Dickinson who wants to reconnect with the world, the human society.

POETIC DEVICES

‘This is my letter to the world’  has alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter and follows ABCB rhyme scheme.

ALLITERATION

‘This is my letter to the world/That never wrote to me’. 

In the beginning line of poem we could trace poetic devices such as ‘Alliteration’ and Personification’. The repetition of ‘t‘ conveys alliteration.

PERSONIFICATION

The word ‘World’ here is a personification. The poet speaks to the ‘world’ and expresses her anxiety that the ‘world’  never wrote her back. She personifies the ‘world’ as it can speak to her and write her back.

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