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

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Comment 49 of 309, added on February 25th, 2008 at 6:51 AM.

In this poem, Dickinson is emphasizing the true size of the human mind.
Comparing it with the sky or the ocean, she is explaining that unlike the
set dimensions of these two objects, the human brain has no limit. Unlike
the two, the human mind has an infinite, incomparable capacity which is
learning. Similarly the ocean and the sky are always changing as time goes
on and as time goes on; the human brain is still evolving. This shows that
our brain is the most essential necessity of our body because without it,
there’s no hope for life.

Mark Kimata from United States
Comment 48 of 309, added on February 24th, 2008 at 9:32 PM.

In Emily Dickinson's poem ,"The Brain--is wider than the Sky", her
comparison between the human brain and the sky simply states that the
capabilities and capacity of the mind are endless.As I myself read this
poem it makes me think of the possibilities the mind can achieve.The
comparisons of this poem made me realize the power that I have as a Human
being.It also shows me how we all have the same ability but we still have
different concepts because of what we let our minds absorb.When she says
"The Brain is deeper than the sea" Dickinson writes as if the brain has
enough capacity to be fulfilled, but it can only be filled if the time and
dedicatioin is put into what its being studied in life.The brain itself
acts like a "Sponge" or "Bucket" that is waiting to absorb or fill up with
the right substances to reach the goal of fulfillment.To me, a mind can
never overflow therefore it can never be full.

$Nico Delaney$ from United States
Comment 47 of 309, added on February 25th, 2008 at 4:34 AM.

I believe that in this poem, Dickinson is expressing the amazing span of
the human mind.

"The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --
For -- put them side by side --
The one the other will contain
With ease --"

She points out that the brain and the sky can contain each other with ease-
this is, to me, the most profound part of the poem. While the brain is
incredibly small in comparison to the sky, the spread of endless blue could
contain millions of brains in the physical sense. A single mind has the
mental capacity for not only the entire sky, but the ocean as well.
Dickinson compares the brain to a "sponge", a description that is only
fitting to the amount of information our most amazing organ can suck in and
permanently retain. It's inspiring to see the poet express the limitless
creativity and capacity of the mind. My personal reaction is to utilize
this priceless ability as much as possible, and take in as much information
as I can. However, I also feel that a sickeningly large portion of modern
society completely neglects the powers of the mind. Such a waste...

Justin Pitt from United States
Comment 46 of 309, added on February 24th, 2008 at 9:47 PM.

Emily Dickinson uses a theme of infinity. She uses imagery such as in this
excerpt, “The Brain is deeper than the Sea” and “the Brian is wider than
the Sky” to relate to a seemingly infinite space, the earth is one finite
piece. While the brain is finite in a given size it is infinite in the
ability to learn and to become wiser. Dickinson also relates the Brain’s
infinite abilities to God’s infinite being. The reason Dickinson uses the
correlation from nature to God is because she had many of the beliefs of
the transcendentalists poets. Dickinson was able to show her beliefs
through her analogy between God/Nature’s and relate it to humanity; “The
Brain”.

Eric Miller from United States
Comment 45 of 309, added on February 24th, 2008 at 9:23 PM.

"The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --" explains the philosophical
interpretation of how the human mind really works. Emily Dickinson
expresses her view of how the intelligence and imagination of the mind
surpass all boundaries and encompass all things we view to be vast and
unending. Using descriptions such as “The Brain is deeper than the sea--”
Ms. Dickinson uses an aspect of nature usually viewed as inconceivably
infinite and portrays it as something small compared to the immeasurable
strength of mind power. She capitalizes words that are influential to the
parallelisms between the brain and things such as, “the weight of God--”.
Dickinson delves deep into the exact mystery of the human mind and its
limitless boundaries.

Kathryn Chambers from United States
Comment 44 of 309, added on February 24th, 2008 at 6:28 PM.

"The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --" explains the philosophical
interpretation of how the human mind really works. Emily Dickinson
expresses her view of how the intelligence and imagination of the mind
surpass all boundaries and encompass all things we view to be vast and
unending.Using descriptions such as “The Brain is deeper than the sea--”
Ms. Dickinson uses an aspect of nature usually viewed as inconceivably
infinite and portrays it as something small compared to the immeasurable
strength of mind power. She capitalizes words that are influential to the
parallelisms between the brain and things such as, “the weight of God--”.
Dickinson delves deep into the exact mystery of the human mind and its
limitless boundaries.

Kathryn Chambers from United States
Comment 43 of 309, added on February 24th, 2008 at 8:23 PM.

I believe that the theme of this poem is the limitless potential of the
brain. Dickinson compares it to other things which seem endless; the sky,
the sea, and God. When Dickinson compares the brain to the sea she states
that "The Brain is deeper than the sea --
For -- hold them -- Blue to Blue --
The one the other will absorb --". This compares the brain to a sponge,
able to absorb knowledge and wisdom. This makes me feel as if our brains
are one of the most complex tools in the world, able to break the
boundaries; our imaginations can takes us farther than anything else. As
they say, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Josh Fennell from United States
Comment 42 of 309, added on February 24th, 2008 at 8:19 PM.

"The Brain - is wider then the sky" the title alone grasps the readers
attention by stating an idea that compares something that seems infinite to
a common trait that we all have. I believe that Dickson compares the mind
to the sea and space, which in nature seem to have no end, in order to
portray the grandness and the endless abilities our minds are capable of. I
felt as if she truly glorified every individual in our world by writing
this poem. As if she is saying to all those who feel unintelligent, all
those who feel as if they lack creativity that you have been given a gift
that can move mountains and part seas.” The Brain is just the weight of
God" unlike the sea or sky and even space which has its limitations, by
comparing the brain to the weight of God Emily Dickson compares our simple
mass of grey matter to an astronomical number. Dickinson ode truly
expresses how amazing we all are as individuals. Our minds are amazing they
give each individual personality, creativity, and the ability to create and
define our lives through our actions which wouldn’t be possible without a
brain.

Kevin M from United States
Comment 41 of 309, added on February 24th, 2008 at 2:55 PM.

In the poem The Brain is wider than the sky, Emily Dickinson is explaining
that the brain has no boundaries. Your brain goes as far as you let it but
the sky doesnt because it has limits. This poem gave me a clear
understanding about how the brain overpowers the sky. The brain is very
unique because there is two sides to it so if one fails you syill have the
other side to depend on. Emily Dickinson makes it seem as if the brain
plays the role of God over your body because it helps you move on and
understand things better. This was one of Emily's best poems to me!!

Hariesha from United States
Comment 40 of 309, added on February 24th, 2008 at 2:25 PM.

The Brain can never stop receiving information. The Brain contains an
infinite amount of space. " The one the other will absorb-as
sponges-Buckets-do-" provides a great way to put a visualization on how the
brain can work. Dickinson portrays a message that every brain is different.
Although, they all have an unlimited amount of space and what you choose to
store in it is your decision.

Jenna D 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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