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Analysis and comments on The Brain -- is wider than the Sky -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 80 of 310, added on February 24th, 2009 at 3:40 PM.

I believe Emily is trying to show the importance of human beings, and what
power we have.

Lost1 from United States
Comment 79 of 310, added on January 7th, 2009 at 4:10 PM.

This Poem is a beautiful way to express how our brain works and how much it
can receive and also has no limit to fit information; just like the sky.
Even wider depending on how you utilize it. You can go into deeper details
on thoughts you have.

Bianca Jacquez from United States
Comment 78 of 310, added on December 3rd, 2008 at 2:48 PM.

She means that the mind(if used right)can be used for truly great things.
Dreams to fill the sky. Thoughts as deep as the ocean.

Shaun Cabler from United States
Comment 77 of 310, added on November 19th, 2008 at 10:13 AM.

i love this poem. I believe that the poem is showing an example of how
power the brain really holds.She has to believe the brain is a powerful
thing if she is going to compare it to god.

Miano54 from United States
Comment 76 of 310, added on August 20th, 2008 at 8:52 PM.

My comments are specifically focused on the last part of the poem.
What I understand from "the brain is just the weight of God" is that we
have not limits in our thinking...we can create things and situations that
not really exists..... (It´s a kind of power, like the power of God)....
BUT ....There is something very important:
" Heft them -- Pound for Pound
And THEY WILL DIFFER-- if they do –

Obviously they (Brain and God´s power) will differ, because brain´s power
isn´t effective if we don´t do what we have think....

..AS SYLLABLE FROM SOUND.... (For me a syllable isn´t effective if we don´t
pronounce it aloud....and giving SOUND as a result ).

It´s like theory and practising..... It´s the same!!!

Daniela Carrasco from Chile
Comment 75 of 310, added on June 25th, 2008 at 2:17 PM.

How can the brain not exist and be wider than the sky and deeper than the

Mike Hunt from United States
Comment 74 of 310, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:42 AM.

In the poem The Brain is Wider than the Sky, Emily Dickinson states that
there is

no such thing as the brain. She wrote about how “The brain is wider than

sky”, and how “The brain is deeper than the ocean”. She says that the brain

wider than the sky because the brain is open to things and compared to the
sky the

brain is bigger. She also says that the brain is deeper than the ocean,

because the brain can absorb and can be open to new things and the brain
has no

limits. Knowing that the sky and the ocean are the two biggest things on

atmosphere she says that he brain is wider and deeper. I think that she
means that

no matter what, your brain is the biggest thing in the world and that the
brain has

no limits because is full of knowledge.

Estefania Rosas from United States
Comment 73 of 310, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:35 AM.

In this poem Emily Dickinson is trying to show that the sky has no
limitations and compares that to your brain, being that there are no
limitations to what you can learn. As she describes “For—put them side by
side— The one the other will contain” they are just as equal. “The one the
other will absorb -- As Sponges -- Buckets -- do –” She is saying you can
absorb just as much as a sponge can. She also describes how you can hold up
to however much information you want, comparing that to the sea. Emily
expresses that the brain is a gift from God that we should use to our full
advantage we should not make a limit on what we are able to learn. As she
describes this she says that the brain is the weight of God, the weight is
used to symbolize the gift, and it should be used to your full advantage.
She also uses the sky to symbolize how the sky has to beginning nor ending,
so your mind should not either. This poem to me says a lot, because she is
trying to get across that we should use the gift that God provided for us,
and make no limitations to which we use it.

Comment 72 of 310, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:32 AM.

In line one where it starts out with, “The Brian is wider than the sky” she
is explaining that the brain has so much knowledge and it is so much
brighter than the sky. The brain is so much wiser than the sky and the
brain has experience so much more than the sky. Line five “The Brain is
deeper than the sea” she means that you can dig so much in the brain it is
never ending on what that brain can hold. The sea you can only dig so deep
until you get to the bottom. She describes the brain as a “Sponge” because
the brain can absorb anything that you want to let in. “Syllable from
Sound” the syllable means that it is what makes the sound and how it is
played, the brain can be the same way with what you hear you can remember
in you brain what it reminds you of. The theme is how the brain can be
compared to so many things and still seems to outrun them.

Samantha from United States
Comment 71 of 310, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:25 AM.

In the poem “The Brain is wider than the sky” I feel that Emily Dickinsin
is telling us what the mind can do. There is nothing bigger than the brain.
In the phrase “the brain is deeper than the sea” it let us know that the
brain can go deeper than anything there is in life. Its like the other
phrase that says “the one the other will absorb as sponges-buckets-do” it
shows us that the brain is really important because it can take in more
information than buckets can take in. Although the sky is bigger, the brain
is even wider because it can expand more than anything. The deeper it is
the more information can get or the more information it can take out of
anything. It shows us the importance that it makes in everybody’s life

Roberto Reyes from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
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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