Comment -90 of , added on November 4th, 2009 at 5:50 PM.
I think that Dickinson is trying to tell us that faith is fine when
everything seems to be all right. This might be the reason why she
emphasizes the word "see"; she was probably trying to say that people tend
to have more faith when things are happening as expected. She emphasizes
the word "microscope" (the microscope might represent science) to explain
why science helps people to better deal with emergencies than faith.
Marcos Gomez from United States
Comment -91 of , added on September 7th, 2009 at 7:11 PM.
"Faith" is a fine invention- But faith is meant for when we cant see, when
we cant see we need faith in the unseen so to aspire to continue-
"Faith" is a fine invention- There is little real faith, so necessity is
the mother of invention,
like other man made inventions are good in an emergency- But,
We need to see it to believe it! --
It seems as thought this is a statement of the spiritual condition of
from United States
Comment -92 of , added on January 3rd, 2009 at 1:50 PM.
The very first line of this poem is paradoxical. What is faith? It is
belief, trust, religion where invention means scientific creation. How can
you invent faith when you can not even see it. So it is a contradiction.
The main idea of this poem may be the contrast between religion and
science. Faith for God, religion is present in every human. But what
happens when an emergency comes? Religion gives you faith and thus makes
you hopeful, that's true. But science helps you handle the emergency
situation more than faith does. This is my point of view about this poem.
Momena Afroz Ahmed from Bangladesh
Comment -93 of , added on December 9th, 2008 at 10:39 PM.
What this poem says about how faith is an invention, is not totally true.
Faith is something that you believe in. Faith was something that was
created by God and given to us from God as a gift. Faith is what we believe
in. I believe in God. I believe that what the Bible says is true. I believe
that Jesus is coming back. I have FAITH in what I am saying right now. And
that is the truth. There is no more to that. Faith is a God-given gift.
Andrew from United States
Comment -94 of , added on October 14th, 2008 at 10:48 PM.
i disagree with the majority of comments. I think she was questioning her
faith in this poem by saying that blind faith alone will not solve
Microscopes are not necessarily a symbol of science, but also a symbol of
close scrutiny and inspection as the comment by ea suggests. The fact that
"microscopes" and "see" are both italicized underscores this
interpretation. Both words emphasize the material and concrete world.
from United States
Comment -95 of , added on March 6th, 2008 at 10:00 PM.
I like this poem. despite it's length it says a lot. Overall it suggests
that people were once content with faith, they believed that something was.
Now, through microscopes, we want proof to see what really is, or what we
have a hunch about what is. But "'Faith' is a fine invention" because even
though we cannot see most things we believe in, we know they are exist.
Elizabeth from United States
Comment -96 of , added on January 31st, 2008 at 8:12 PM.
I like how so many of you seem to have met Emily Dickinson personally and
from first hand experience been told what this poem means exactly...Perhaps
its your interpretation and your wrong.. a few more "i thinks" would be
Ryan from United States
Comment -97 of , added on May 6th, 2007 at 10:29 PM.
so i think that piper from ireland has this nailed... piper, ir you're
reading this, i seriously quoted you in a paper i had to write! and your in
my works cited page and everything... anyways, i ws thinking just what she
was thinking, she just helped me express it better.
Rick from United States
Comment -98 of , added on May 2nd, 2007 at 12:00 PM.
This poem doesn't strike me as being about religious faith so much as being
about trust in general and how, when trust is called into question, one
needs to look closely at the situation and not just go along blithely
Comment -99 of , added on May 2nd, 2007 at 11:25 AM.
Hey everyoone im doing this poem for my research paper and I need to
interprete this poem im not fully understanding it can someone help me
from United States