There are things we do not say to one another. Or only half say. Or say badly. Language in everyday life does not work as fluently or transparently as we would like it to work. We live in a world of silences, missed communications, awkwardness, infelicities of statement.

Let us look at a brief poem by Emily Dickinson. Poems do not come much shorter than this one, for it has only sixteen words, more than half of them of four letters or less. It seems to present few difficulties, since it contains no fancy turns of phrase, no allusions to other poems, and hardly any figures of speech.

Emily Dickinson

We introduce ourselves
To Planets and to Flowers
But with ourselves
Have etiquettes
And awes

[Poem #1214, written around 1872]


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