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

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Comment 29 of 779, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:04 PM.

I believe that Dickinson is trying to show the power of the brain. Show us
that the mind is an endless chasm of thought. This poem really makes me
think of my own imagination. It gives me the passion to explore how far I
can go with just my mind. “The Brain – is wider than the Sky” really shows
how far the brain can go. When Emily uses God to help explain the
greatness, it gives me an idea of just how strong the human mind can be.
God is ultimate symbol of power and greatness and when put next to the
brain, the brain can explore just as much.

Josh T from United States
Comment 28 of 779, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:16 PM.

In the poem The Brain is Wider than the sky the author, Emily Dickinson,
compares the human mind to the everyday sky. Even though the brain is
smaller in size, it is able to store infinite amounts of knowledge.Yet the
silly sky has several boundaries restricting it. The average human's brain
does a lot in one day. It really is shocking! But the sky does not have to
think or do work at all to keep people alive. All it does is sit and change
colors from dark to light (day to night).

Ava Singh from United States
Comment 27 of 779, added on February 19th, 2008 at 10:47 AM.

One of the commenters borught that the poem relates to how the brain has no
limits. that is exactly right. the brain can think on levels that many of
todays scientists cannot understand. as humans we only use 10% of our
brains. and yet we are able to do so much. imagaine if we used 100% of our
brains. that is something to think about. the brains is so complex. i like
how Dickenson says "The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --
For -- put them side by side --
The one the other will contain
With ease -- and You -- beside --" this is so true because the sjy jas a
limit. it ends when we are out in space. the sky has a beginning and has an
end. but the brain has no end to how much information that can be stored.
that is shy Emily Dickenson compares it to a sponge.

the brain can also be compared to God. As most of us believe, God is the
creator of everything. he has no beginning ad has no end. the brain can
definitely be compared to the almighty because both can think above and
beyond. both have nuerous amounts of information. i personally enjoy this
poem because of the fact i can relate to it. it helps me to appreciate God
even more and helps me to understand things on a deeper level. i think
thatis what Dickenson helps us to see.

Karen from United States
Comment 26 of 779, added on February 18th, 2008 at 12:58 PM.

This poem mainly speaks of the human mind and how it has no limits. When
comparing the brain to sky she says that "one will contain the other". The
sky has its limits and can only go so far, however the mind does not. It is
so amazing how the mind can think and absorb so much that it is beyond
nature itself. Although God is the bases of our mind; he created our minds
and therefore deciding on how much the human will imagine. Making sense
when the poet speaks "The Brain is just the weight of God."

Erika Morgan from United States
Comment 25 of 779, added on February 15th, 2008 at 5:59 PM.

This poem shows the true abilities of our own brains. Although, I will
dispute the fact that our brains are more powerful than God. This poem is
still moving despite my former disagreement.

elexis and alexandra from United States
Comment 24 of 779, added on February 15th, 2008 at 9:34 AM.

This time, this poem's message refers to how powerful the heart and the
mind truely are over nature. Very appalling to read about the mind. How the
human mind is '-wider than the Sky-' and that it is 'deeper than the sea-',
its like Dickinson is trying to say that the brain is more powerful than
nature itself- in other words, more powerful then God himself. Very strange
when Dickinson states:
"The Brain is just the weight of God-
For-Heft them-Pound for Pound-
And they will differ-if they do-
As Syllable from Sound-"
The brain is really weighed the same as the Lord God himself? Very strange,
but somewhat makes sense!

Patrick from United States
Comment 23 of 779, added on April 6th, 2007 at 11:06 PM.

The brain is very very gross and slimy and also gooey.

E. D. is kind of weird because her poems are weird.

MONICA from France
Comment 22 of 779, added on April 1st, 2006 at 10:09 PM.

Iam a writer of some poetry myself. But I just love all kind of poems. But
this one got a story behind it somewhere. And I am trying to write my own
conclusion. This particular one just stole my heart.

betty from United States
Comment 21 of 779, added on March 16th, 2006 at 8:25 AM.

Well the brain is wider than the sky and as deep as the sea have been
covered extensively and very well I might add. The brain is the weight of
god has been touched on but not near as much and I'd like to lend a few
ideas I had on the subject. One would be that since the soul has no weight
and is essentially the part of us that is closest to god the brain would be
the physical attribute he gifted us with, a mind, that can comprehend both
him and our world therefore it would be the weight of god. Another would be
that as in a few other poems she is questioning the existance of god. The
brain is the weight of god could also easily mean that he lives in our
brains and since we invented god than what created and houses him is him,
his weight if you will.

Rachel from Canada
Comment 20 of 779, added on January 31st, 2006 at 1:30 PM.

The brain could thik and be more braud.The brain could learn more and no
boundaries of learning new things.It is also the extinction of god.The
brain is just as serious as god.I honestly feel more that I shouldnt take
advantage of my brain anymore and try putting more effort into learning new
things.Because the brain is apart our whole life

monique hendrix 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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