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Analysis and comments on The Brain -- is wider than the Sky -- by Anne Sexton

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Comment 57 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 9:18 PM.

Here, I believe, Ms. Dickinson is explaining the depth of the human
intellect and the mind's capacity for things beyond reason or doubt. This
poem has an air of awe and inspiration of God's greatest gift to mankind,
the one tool that gives us the power of imagination.
"The Brain is just the weight of God
For-Heft them-Pound for Pound"
Dickinson capitalizes 'Heft' and 'Pound' as means to convey the message
that the weight of the intellect is a holy poundage for God alone.

Sydney from United States
Comment 56 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 5:34 PM.

I believe that in Emily Dickinson’s “The Brain is Wider than the Sky”,
she expresses the importance and greatness we can show through our brain.
She lets us know that no matter what we can never learn too much. Through
the line “The one the other will contain” I feel is expressing that we can
learn anything from the world with no limit. Therefore our “brain is wider
than the sky” and “deeper than the sea”. This poem gives everyone a
spectacular view on what his or her brain can absorb and conquer. She also
continues on with weighing our power of the brain to the strengths and
powers of God himself.

Chelsea from United States
Comment 55 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 9:55 AM.

This poem made me think of the mind in a new way. It opened me to the
thought that the powers of our brains are endless and can be great when
used to its full potential. When I finished reading it felt that I could
achieve anything that I set my mind to. My favorite line was the one
comparing the brain to the sky. Which said to me that the sky is the limit
for what you want to achieve using your brain.

Nicholas from United States
Comment 54 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 8:01 AM.

Through her poem, "The Brain --is wider than the sky," Emily Dickinson
expresses her comprehension of the human brain as a cosmic entity of which
bears an unprecedented volume. A volume that God's creations can not even
encompass. The brain, she goes on, contains the sky and absorbs the sea. In
that she implies that human thought is high and bright, and as deep and
dark in that it ponders on...uncharted... In her thought she goes on to
make the human brain as almighty of God himself, and makes it seem as if
the power of the mysterious brain is great enough even to challenge him.
All the same, she seems to describe the potency of the both (God and brain)
as a "syllable and sound" alike in that one is the offspring of the other.

Carlos Rodriguez from United States
Comment 53 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 8:01 AM.

In Emily Dickinson, The Brain -- is wider than the Sky--. I have came to an
understanding that the brain is abundantly powerful than any thing. When
Emily Dickinson stated, The Brain is deeper Than the Sea- - For -- Hold
them Blue to Blue-- The one the other will absorb-- As sponges-- Buckets--
do. That tells me that the brain takes in everything and stores it, the
brain reacts as a sponge and absorbs all information. The sea can only hold
a certain amount...a bucket can only hold a certain amount. We should never
take the brain for granted. It is a horrible thing to waiste. People should
use their brains to their full ability for the brain is the most powerful
object in the world.

Alyse Bryant from Canada
Comment 52 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 7:57 AM.

In the poem "The Brain--is wider than the Sky", i think that it shows that
your mind has much more knowledge than you think it does. It made me feel
that if you compare natural things to knowledge, you can get a lot more out
of the things you learn. It says that in the poem that "one the other will
contain". This came to my attention because I felt you can obtain as much
knowledge as big as the sky but the sky can only hold so much besides the
clouds. Symbolism is a very big part of this poem because Emily Dickinson
uses the sky to show how much knowledge your brain has the ability to hold.
It represents your intelligencem, your mind, and the information you are
willing to let it hold.

Teria Harvin from United States
Comment 51 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 7:37 AM.

This poem is about the vastness and expansive capabilities of the brain.
When she talks about the brain being wider than the sky she is express its
vast ability to learn and expand with its new knowledge. The brain is
deeper than the sea because of the depth of emotion and spiritualism in
which it has. Lastly its heft is mention, and how pound for pound the
brains ability is far superior to anything you put it up against. Overall
the brain is the huge, ever expansive, and infinite in its ability to grow
and change.

John Perren from United States
Comment 50 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 7:37 AM.

In Emily Dickinson's poem "The Brain is wider the sky" she compares the
human brain to being wider then the sky. That ours brains can image and
produce unlimited thoughts or ideas. She compares the brain being deeper
then the sea, "The one the other will absorb, As sponges - buckets do".
Meaning our minds are deep and absorb more information than a sponge can
hold water, and you can never fill it up or learn too much like a bucket
can overflow.

Hannah O from United States
Comment 49 of 777, added on February 25th, 2008 at 6:51 AM.

In this poem, Dickinson is emphasizing the true size of the human mind.
Comparing it with the sky or the ocean, she is explaining that unlike the
set dimensions of these two objects, the human brain has no limit. Unlike
the two, the human mind has an infinite, incomparable capacity which is
learning. Similarly the ocean and the sky are always changing as time goes
on and as time goes on; the human brain is still evolving. This shows that
our brain is the most essential necessity of our body because without it,
there’s no hope for life.

Mark Kimata from United States
Comment 48 of 777, added on February 24th, 2008 at 9:32 PM.

In Emily Dickinson's poem ,"The Brain--is wider than the Sky", her
comparison between the human brain and the sky simply states that the
capabilities and capacity of the mind are endless.As I myself read this
poem it makes me think of the possibilities the mind can achieve.The
comparisons of this poem made me realize the power that I have as a Human
being.It also shows me how we all have the same ability but we still have
different concepts because of what we let our minds absorb.When she says
"The Brain is deeper than the sea" Dickinson writes as if the brain has
enough capacity to be fulfilled, but it can only be filled if the time and
dedicatioin is put into what its being studied in life.The brain itself
acts like a "Sponge" or "Bucket" that is waiting to absorb or fill up with
the right substances to reach the goal of fulfillment.To me, a mind can
never overflow therefore it can never be full.

$Nico Delaney$ from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: 632. The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 24 2000

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