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

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Comment 74 of 724, 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.

tasha
Comment 73 of 724, 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 72 of 724, 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
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Roberto Reyes from United States
Comment 71 of 724, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:21 AM.

From my understanding the poem “The Brain is wider than the Sky” is stating
that the brain is capable of containing infinitive amounts of knowledge yet
the sky is limited to its size. Physically the sky is wider than the brain
but mentally the brain overtakes the sky. “The one the other will contain”
stated in the poem is describing the brains capabilities. The poem also
compares the brain to the sea by saying “The Brain is deeper than the sea.”
This statement is referring to the fact that there is a point where you
will eventually reach the bottom of the sea but for the brain it can always
grow without limitations. As new things come by the brain will “absorb”
them as knowledge. The sky and the sea are incapable of this task. The poem
is correct in referring to brains as “sponges”. The brain is truly wider
than the sky.

Brenda Enfua from United States
Comment 70 of 724, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:22 AM.

In the poem “The brain is wider than the sky” Emily Dickson express the
beauty of the brain and how it is unimaginable to what can be done with it.
She quotes “that the brain is wider than the sky, for put them side by
side” in this line she is explains that the mind has no limit to what it
could do. As humans we can’t even image the width of the sky, for it seems
so far stretched that it seems if it goes on forever. She explains that
brain is much more than the width of the sky, it has a limit, but yet the
brain does not. She states the brain is like a “Sponge” it absorbs the
information that is presented in front of it. But the sea does not nearly
have any of the features that the brain does, for it is only like a
“bucket” holding only but so much. Emily feels strongly about how the brain
is powerful and can’t be compared to nothing else around, that even if you
tried to compare “They will differ-if they do as syllables from sound.”
This poem makes you feel empowered, like you have the one tool to conquer
all. She draws out the emotion of being prideful.

CW from United States
Comment 69 of 724, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:22 AM.

In “The Brain- is wider than the sky” Emily Dickinson is saying that are
brain is endless. Unlike the sky that has limits the brain has no limits.
This poem really opened my eyes and showed me another side that I have
never thought of before. It made me think how powerful the human brain
really is, yet it is small in comparison to the sky. “The Brain is wider
than the sky” (Dickinson 426). This line shows that the brain can come up
with and do so much more than the sky. “For put them side by side the one
the other will contain” (Dickson 426). This line proves that even side by
side the brain is smaller than the sky looking at them; butt the brain over
comes the sky. Dickinson uses the words “Wider” and “Absorbs” to describe
the brain and a sponge. She uses these words because the brain absorbs
information just like a sponge absorbs water. Dickinson also uses the word
Wider because the brain doesn’t have limits like the sky does.

Justin Hatcher from United States
Comment 68 of 724, added on March 7th, 2008 at 10:55 AM.

The message Emily Dickinson was trying to show through her poem was there’s
no limit on how much knowledge the brain can gain. The poem made me want to
gain as much knowledge as possible because it can only benefit me. In line
three she says “the one the other will contain.” Dickinson is saying that
if you had to stretch the brain next to the sky the brain would overtake
the sky. The brain has no boundaries on how much knowledge it can obtain.
Dickinson uses another strong quote in her poem she says “the one the other
will absorb.” She continuously abides by her statement that nothing can
surpass the brain in depth or knowledge. Two words that grabbed my
attention were; absorb and sponges. They caught my attention because they
were used as similes in the poem and you can relate to it.

William Robbins from United States
Comment 67 of 724, added on March 6th, 2008 at 12:28 AM.

Emily Dickinson paints an elaborate picture of how the brain is open to
mountains of information that would put Mount Everest to shame. She states
that the Brain is “deeper than the sea.” Personifying the information into
the vast ocean, she gives us a biting image of the endlessness she feels
our minds have. I also believe this is a personal message to the world to
leave your mind open for traveling through worlds unexplored. It moves me
as to what we are capable of as thinking human beings.

Stephanie Stewart from United States
Comment 66 of 724, added on March 5th, 2008 at 11:33 AM.

The Brain- is wider than the sky-”, is about how big and important the mind
really is.” It mentions “The Brain- is wider than the Sky- For put them
side by side-” That part of the poem is saying if you put your mind next to
the sky, your mind will be wider, because it holds a knowledge that is more
infinite than the sky.. Mind is much more than anything in the universe.
Dickinson is emphasizing how important the human mind is. Emily compares
mind to the sky and the sea, two large things on our atmosphere. She is
trying to show that no matter what, compared to anything, what you think
and your mind is bigger and greater anything in the world.

Amber Johnston from United States
Comment 65 of 724, added on March 5th, 2008 at 6:32 PM.

When Emily Dickinson comments that the brain is wider than they sky she
means that the brain is so in detail when thinking. Even though the sky is
humongous the thought of the brain is even bigger. In the line “The one the
other will absorb –,” Emily is describing that the brain can absorb more
than the sea like sponges. Dickinson explains that if you put the two side
by side then a person can see that the brain contains more than some of the
biggest things in the world. She explains that if the brain and God were
side by side then they might or might not be the same weight.

Erica 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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