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

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Comment 9 of 779, added on January 26th, 2006 at 9:20 PM.

Emily compares the brain to something I've never thought of : the sky. Both
are complex and taken for granted. It's said that we use only 10 % of our
brains. Maybe thats true for the sky. There's probably so much more in
space astronauts haven't even thought about looking for. Emily is a

katie from United States
Comment 8 of 779, added on January 26th, 2006 at 4:37 AM.

it's really brilliant literary piece of emily dickinnson, i foung it very
awesome in a way that a brain can do. like a a wide sky which there is no
limit at all. u can free to move, imagine anything or just create imposible
things under the heat of the sun..good one...i salute u

jennelyn lopez from Philippines
Comment 7 of 779, added on January 25th, 2006 at 1:41 PM.

The poem explains Dickison's view that the brain is even a mistery to her.
She says how the human mind has no boundaries like the sky and can contain
the whole world. The human mind is like a sponge in which it can "soak up"
information quickly. It is deeper than the sea beacuse it has many things
yet to be discovered about it. The brain is no different than God because
they are and the other, God exists in the mind and God created it.

Fernando from United States
Comment 6 of 779, added on January 17th, 2006 at 8:29 PM.

This is a strong poem about the human race. With foresight to be envied by
many a fortune teller, she showes her awe at the vastness of the human mind
and it's capabilities. She says that it's wider than the sky and that it
could enguft it! What Symbolism! The sky is far away and at that time,
airplanes where not nearly as common. So, she was saying that the brain is
capable of reaching enormous hiegths and overtaking them when it gets
there. How is it capable of this? It's capable of this because it's deeper
than the ocean and can obsorb it like a sponge. The ocean was, at that
time, while not as mysterious as in Columbuses time, was still quite
mysterious. In some ways, it still is to this day. She's saying that the
human brain can take on the mysterious because it's mysterious as well. It
can learn from itself and other things soaking up knowledge like a sponge
and therefore growing and swelling as a sponge does.

brian from United States
Comment 5 of 779, added on December 7th, 2005 at 4:56 PM.

i agree this poem is amazing,everyone has their own interpretation of
it,its absolutely brillant.the brain has such imagination and has the
intelligence to realize beyond what it is capable of.

Comment 4 of 779, added on October 9th, 2005 at 9:46 PM.

How can your brain NOT be wider than the sky??
There is no comparison, we wonder everyday how historical people have
accomplished the successes that are unparallelled from our own -- yet we
are the "amazing people" that can do anything and are involved in the
technology RACE but cannot proceed to continue with social interaction
without connecting to the WEIRDOS (computer people - no insults given -
sex driven people - all insults given
those people who are not able to function in this days social and economic
standard just went off on a tangin)
BUT why can't it be wider than the sky -- and how would you ever

Michelle from Canada
Comment 3 of 779, added on September 24th, 2005 at 9:21 AM.

its good really good and keep up your good work

jessica ishii from Philippines
Comment 2 of 779, added on April 22nd, 2005 at 9:18 PM.

In the poem "The brain is wider than the sky," Emily Dickinson is
compairing the brain to the sky and ocean and how the brain is like God.
How is the brain wider than the sky and deeper than sea? Also how is the
brain like God?

Comment 1 of 779, added on February 1st, 2005 at 4:02 PM.

This poem is absolutely amazing...I read it over and over and sit and gaze
at how brilliant she was for finding such remarkable words to explain this.
It shows her compassion and love and FAITH in people, even though she could
not and did not deal with them. She is absolutely brilliant as a poet and
this poem just reassures me of her brilliance!

Amy Warshaw 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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