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The Complete Idiot’s Guide™ to Writing Well by Laurie E. Rozakis

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Chapter 15. Picture This: Description

Picture This: Description
 

This Is My Letter

This is my letter to the worldThat never wrote to me—The simple news that Nature toldWith tender majesty.Her message is committedTo hands I cannot see;For love or her, sweet countrymen,Judge tenderly of me.

 
 --Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

Only seven of the more than 1,700 poems Emily Dickinson wrote were published during her lifetime. We write for many reasons: to define something, explain a proc-ess, inform others, pass on news, solve problems, tell a story, ...

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