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

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Comment 86 of 346, added on July 22nd, 2010 at 4:06 PM.
The brain is wider than the sky

I believe the statement, 'the brain is the weight of God', defines the
whole poem, for the brain is that which conceiived God!!!

Gail Johnson from United States
Comment 85 of 346, added on October 7th, 2009 at 8:20 PM.

Emily Dickinson's poem about the brain being wider than the sky reminds me
of "fractals", which appear (?almost) limitless -- the structure appears to
remain constant with each successive power of magnification. She wrote
this poem at a time when we did not have the understanding brought by
Einstein's theories and to me this understanding represents the astonishing
way in which "insight" can arise separately from both by scientific enquiry
and from artistic inspiration.

Ham Zeh from Azerbaijan
Comment 84 of 346, added on June 7th, 2009 at 6:52 PM.

I like this poem very much, it is a perfect example of an irony. When she
said "The Brain Is wider than the Sky," this is an opposite meaning when
considering the morphologies of brain and sky hence there is a meaning
beneath the surface meaning of this poem and my predecessor had said it
all.

Shebna Osanmoh from United States
Comment 83 of 346, added on March 16th, 2009 at 8:14 PM.

I am reading this poem in school and CAN'T STAND IT! I don't understand
poetry & metaphors. I prefer straightforward and understandable philosophy.

Cain from United States
Comment 82 of 346, added on March 3rd, 2009 at 12:59 PM.

This is one of the best poems that I have ever read!

Justin from United States
Comment 81 of 346, 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 80 of 346, 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 79 of 346, 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 78 of 346, 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 77 of 346, 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..... (Itīs 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 –
AS SYLLABLE FROM SOUND -- "

Obviously they (Brain and Godīs power) will differ, because brainīs power
isnīt effective if we donīt do what we have think....

..AS SYLLABLE FROM SOUND.... (For me a syllable isnīt effective if we donīt
pronounce it aloud....and giving SOUND as a result ).

Itīs like theory and practising..... Itīs the same!!!

Daniela Carrasco from Chile

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Information about The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --

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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