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

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Comment 37 of 307, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:46 AM.

In this poem, Dickinson compares the values of the brain with the sky, sea,
and even God. The brain outweighs the sky because the sky can not increase
its size, but the amount of knowledge one brain can contain is limitless.
As she says: "For-put them side by side-The one the other will contain With
ease-and You-beside-." The brain is also deeper than the sea because the
brain has no measurements that specify the amount of information it can
hold. She believes the brain should be treasured more than nature itself.

Lakiva S. from United States
Comment 36 of 307, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 12:40 AM.

"The Brain- is wider than the sky-" sets a mellow groove with the mind. The
poem takes pieces of the enviornment and extends it out to the praise of
the human mind. The idea of the sky or sea being compared to the human
brain has no contest. The brain weighs to the ideas that ponder towards it
like all creaters of the world to God.
The poem gave me a tingle of power. The words used to describe the brain to
nature's sea and sky pushes me to actually compliments to depth or the
measurement of the brain. Embracing the fundaments of the brain gives the
reader a chance to capture the imagery taken by the poem. The amount of the
sea is already consited in the brain as Dickinson says, "the one the other
will contain." A Heavenly power gave us the way to exist but the mind helps
to serve as a picture fram but with deeper thought.

KESHiA from United States
Comment 35 of 307, added on February 21st, 2008 at 10:26 PM.

In the poem The Brain- is wider than the sky, Dickinson compares a human's
small brain to the sky, sea, and God. She is telling about how even though
our brains are small in size, they can amount to and think of things larger
than one can fathom. Like her imagery with sponges, our brain is able to
absorb information and hold it in forever. We can remember small things
that we have not even thought about in years. When she says "The one the
other will absorb - As Sponges -- Buckets -- do" she is saying that even
though a bucket can hold the sponge, in actuality the sponge is holding
more because it is what holds that water.

Blaine C. from United States
Comment 34 of 307, added on February 21st, 2008 at 9:35 PM.

When Dickinson wrote, “The Brain -- is wider than the Sky –” I think she
was very much expressing the abilities of the human mind, and giving the
credit to God. When I first read this poem it made sense to me but I truly
didn’t understand how deep certain parts of it were, and it kind of opened
my mind to the poem’s depth. The most confusing line is when she says, “The
Brain is just the weight of God --,For -- Heft them-- Pound for Pound
--,And they will differ -- if they do --,As Syllable from Sound --”.
Dickinson is comparing the brain and God to syllable and sound; “Syllables”
are nothing more than the human interpretation on how to pronounce
something, and “Sound” is natural and uncontrolled. Therefore she is saying
the brain (syllable) is the extension of God (sound) to human, and it’s
just given our own restraints. When you finally are able to understand this
you can see just how much meaning is behind this simple poem.

Mohamed from United States
Comment 33 of 307, added on February 20th, 2008 at 10:43 PM.

In The Poem The Brain is wider than the Sky, Emily Dickinson compares the
brain to the spaciousness of the sky and the deepness of the sea. She
implies that the brain has infinite limits and various possibilities. I
found it hard to comprehend at first but finally understood the poem after
several readings. I agree with Dickinson, our brains are powerful and
anything we set our minds to we can accomplish. Our brains have no limits
unlike the sky. She states this when she says "one will contain the other".


Jeremy P. from United States
Comment 32 of 307, added on February 20th, 2008 at 10:16 PM.

I believe that Dickinson's intended message for "The Brain is wider than
the Sky," was to analyze the immaculate power of the human brain. She
compares the Brain's abilities to three immense things: the sea, the sky,
and God Himself. The most confusing of the three to analyze and comprehend
is the third about God. She says "The Brain is just the weight of God,"
which the wording makes it seem more confusing than im sure it was ever
intended to be. It's amazing that living during the time period she did
live in that she would try God like that.

Kayla Evelyn from United States
Comment 31 of 307, added on February 20th, 2008 at 10:03 PM.

To me, this poem is an expression of religion or a religious belief. I
think it was more a comparison of the brain to God, as opossed to the brain
compared to the sky. I think Dickinson was trying to show that intelligence
will get you farther in life then spiritual nature would. I disagree with
the thought as a whole, but it is a deep expressive way to show religious
opinions. "The Brain is just the weight of God" is a very interesting and
powerful statement because it is saying that the brain is a powerful and as
depended upon as God is.

Jacquie
Comment 30 of 307, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:06 PM.

When I first read this poem I understood it but the wording was very
confusing. I think she was trying to say humans are in fact the smartest
species on the planet created by God. I definitely agree on her way of
writing the poem. She said
"The brain-is wider than the sky-
For-put them side by side-
The one the other will contain
With ease-and You-beside-".
it makes so much sense because the brain is not limited and it can think
beyond and expand more knowledge than what we as humans normally use. "The
brain is deeper than the sea" because the sea is absorbed like a "sponge"
as for brains do not. Without a brain or a heart there would be no such
thing as life.

Amber C. from United States
Comment 29 of 307, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:04 PM.

I believe that Dickinson is trying to show the power of the brain. Show us
that the mind is an endless chasm of thought. This poem really makes me
think of my own imagination. It gives me the passion to explore how far I
can go with just my mind. “The Brain – is wider than the Sky” really shows
how far the brain can go. When Emily uses God to help explain the
greatness, it gives me an idea of just how strong the human mind can be.
God is ultimate symbol of power and greatness and when put next to the
brain, the brain can explore just as much.

Josh T from United States
Comment 28 of 307, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:16 PM.

In the poem The Brain is Wider than the sky the author, Emily Dickinson,
compares the human mind to the everyday sky. Even though the brain is
smaller in size, it is able to store infinite amounts of knowledge.Yet the
silly sky has several boundaries restricting it. The average human's brain
does a lot in one day. It really is shocking! But the sky does not have to
think or do work at all to keep people alive. All it does is sit and change
colors from dark to light (day to night).

Ava Singh 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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