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Analysis and comments on "Faith" is a fine invention by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 17 of 127, 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 16 of 127, 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 15 of 127, 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 14 of 127, 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

meeyah from United States
Comment 13 of 127, added on April 4th, 2006 at 7:35 AM.

Piper, i totally agree with u .U reaally have a very deep understanding of
ED's poetry.

dively from China
Comment 12 of 127, added on March 19th, 2006 at 1:21 PM.

This poem is an accurate description on society's use of faith. Faith is
fine, almost necessary, when there are no problems, yet when something
'new' happens, science replaces religion

Piper from Ireland
Comment 11 of 127, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 5:17 PM.

Emily Dickinson’s poem “Faith is a fine invention,” can be interpreted
spiritually. Dickinson says, ““Faith” is a fine invention- When Gentlemen
can see…”” In context, Faith is belief that does not rest on logical proof
or evidence. In other words, faith is believing without seeing. In
Dickinson’s poem, she suggests that humankind only possess faith when the
object is seen. In essence, “faith” is nonexistent.
Dickinson continues in the subsequent lines saying, “But Microscopes are
prudent- In an Emergency.” The capitalization of “Microscopes” indicates
Dickinson’s reference to humankind once again. The word suggests the
characteristic of some people who simply cannot accept something without
witnessing an in-depth account. For example, “Microscopes” could be a
representation of modern day scientists and interpreters who research and
develop explanations to discover the truth behind what is believed.
Continuing, Dickinson suggests these “Microscopes are prudent [exercise
good judgment],” only when things go bad. As with most people today, good
judgment is generally a last resort in the midst of adversity. Genuine
faith is the only way out of trouble. Nevertheless, humankind is busy
trying to offer explanations and theory rather accepting belief without
logical evidence [faith].

Kevin from United States
Comment 10 of 127, added on October 26th, 2005 at 2:22 AM.

Emily says that, "Faith is a fine invention" "but Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency." i think that she is coming across that faith is a fine
for most people when things are going good, but when there is trouble and
your faith is shown how deep it is, or if it is real. then a lot of times
people think that they can just go through the motions but when they need
God, they relaize that they are faking it all along. To have a real
relationship with the creator and our savior Jesus Christ(who is God) you
must accept that we can not do anything to work our way to heaven, you
simply must accpet his sacrifice of dieing on the cross for our sins and
pick up our cross(live our lives for him) until we meet him in heaven.

john from United States
Comment 9 of 127, added on September 26th, 2005 at 3:21 AM.

emily must've known a christian scientist or two

Comment 8 of 127, added on July 31st, 2005 at 12:20 PM.

I see this poem as a dig toward men like Bowles who tried to play the
fiddle of "man of
God" and "man of science." To someone with such a narcissistic attitude,
it is easy to see
how Emily would see peering into a microsope to understand the inner
workings of nature
to be in opposition to a profession of faith. In her eyes, I suppose, if
you know God is in
control, then why try to figure out how you can change it to work to your

Benton Jones from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 185. "Faith" is a fine invention
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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