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English Literature: Going to Him! Happy letter!

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Transcript of English Literature: Going to Him! Happy letter!

Going to Him! Happy letter!
Tell Him -
Tell Him the page I didn't write -
Tell Him - I only said the Syntax -
And left the Verb and the pronoun out -
Tell Him just how the fingers hurried -
Then - how they waded - slow- slow -
And then you wished you had eyes in your pages -
So you could see what moved them so -

Tell Him - it wasn't a Practiced Writer -
You guessed - from the way the sentence toiled -
You could hear the Bodice tug, behind you -
As if it held but the might of a child -
You almost pitied it - you - it worked so -
Tell Him - no - you may quibble there -
For it would split His Heart, to know it -
And then you and I, were silenter.

Tell Him - Night finished - before we finished -
And the Old Clock kept neighing "Day"!
And you - got sleepy - and begged to be ended -
What could it hinder so - to say?
Tell Him - just how she she sealed you - Cautious!
But - if He ask where you hid
Until tomorrow - Happy letter!
Gesture Coquette - and shake your Head!


The Poem
Stanza 2
Tell Him
- it wasn't a Practiced Writer -
You guessed - from the way the
sentence toiled
-
You could hear the Bodice tug, behind
you
-
As if it held but the might of a child -
You almost pitied it - you - it worked
so
-
Tell Him - no - you may quibble there -
For it would split His Heart, to know it -
And then you and , were silenter
.


The phrase '
Tell Him
' has now becomes an
anaphora
.
The phrase '
sentence toiled
' is the speaker
laughing
to herself.
There's a use of
syntax
on the
fifth
line.
The second stanza is the only verse that features a
full

stop
, throughout the poem.
You of
slant rhyme
with the words '
you
' and '
so
'.



Stanza 3
Tell Him
- Night finished - before we finished -
And the Old Clock kept neighing "
Day
"
And you - get sleepy - and begged to be ended -
What could it hinder so - to
say
?
Tell Him -
just how she sealed you
- Cautious
But - if He ask where you are hid
Until tomorrow - Happy letter!
Gesture
Coquette
- and
shake your Head
!

With the amount of times
'
Tell

Him
'
appears in the poem, suggests that the speaker wants the
lover to see the letter/poem
.
There's a use of
full rhyme
with the word '
Day
" and '
say
'.
The phrase '
just how she sealed you
' suggests that the speaker is
hiding
away her thoughts.
The word '
Coquette
' means someone
being a flirt
.
The phrase '
shake

your Head
!' means trying to
shy away
from someone.
Stanza 1
Going to
Him
! Happy letter!
Tell
Him
-
Tell
Him
the page I didn't write -
Tell
Him
- I only said the
Syntax
-
And left the
Verb
and the
pronoun
out -
Tell

Him
just how the fingers hurried -
Then - how they waded - slow -
slow
-
And then you wished you had eyes in pages -
So you could see what moved them
so
-

In the first stanza, the speaker is
informing
her lover about
her writing
,
all the techniques she uses
e.g. '
Syntax
', '
Verb
' and '
pronoun
'.
The word '
Him
' makes readers wonder who he is: a
master
?
Lover
?
Married man
?
Boyfriend
?
With the words '
Verb
' and '
pronoun
' is the speakers way of
purposely
leaving out the words '
I love you
'.
With lines
six
and
seven
is written in the
pace
writing the letter/poem '
slowly
' .
There's a use of
slant rhyme
with the words '
slow
' and '
so
'.
By Emily Dickinson
English Literature: Going to Him! Happy letter!
The Summary
The poem is about the speaker
writing a letter to her lover
(a married man apparently) and referring back to
all the poetic techniques
to hid away her true feelings!

THEME
:
Relationships/Love

Other information about the poem
The poem/letter is written to
a married man
.
The
full-stop
(in the second stanza) suggests that the speaker is
certain
about what she has to say.

The Context
Emily Dickinson was known to be
a recluse
.
Dickinson wrote
forthright and intimate letters to male friends
, in addition to the
three passionate letters
(drafted but unsent?) to '
Master
', apparently a married man.
The college Emily Dickinson attended for a year had the express purpose both including
religious values and of preparing young women for this conventional female life
.
Emily Dickinson's letters were
full of dashes
: during her childhood lots of
public documents, newspapers and letters
were full of dashes but they gone out of fashion by the time she was an adult.
Other links to this poem
This poem goes well with

"
My lift Has Stood - a Loaded Gun
"
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