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Comment 71 of 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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
Comment 64 of 731, added on February 28th, 2008 at 9:37 AM.

In "The Brain--Is Wider Than The Sky," Emily Dickinson was showing the
significance and value of the human imagination and knowledge. She mentions
how if they're "put side by side- the one the other will contain". By this,
Dickinson meant that the sky has limitations, however, the imagination and
knowledge of a person doesn't. According to the poem, Emily describes the
brain to be deeper than the sea, stating,"The one the other will absorb."
To my understanding, I believe that Dickinson was describing that this
world and beyond is filled with information and discoveries. If you were to
increase or "absorb" these things, your mind would have the capacity to do
such. In my own comprehension, Emily Dickinson was delivering a powerful
message, showing that we as people often underestimate and misuse the power
of the mind.

Keyaira Littles from United States
Comment 63 of 731, added on February 27th, 2008 at 7:37 PM.

The Brain, the center of Emily Dickinson's "The Brain- is wider than the
sky-," is a magestical tool that people can use to make a world complete.
Vast feelings of emotion stem from the brain and make people react. "The
Brain-is wider than the sky-" is another way to say that our minds are
unrestricted from any thoughts, feelings, or combinations of each. "The
Brain is deeper than the sea-" shows just how much people can comprehend.
Minds are capable of being full of everything imaginable. A lot of times
people fill some of this space with emotions, others fill it with thoughts
that assist in human development. There is no limit to what can be in a
human mind; there is no such thing as a full mind. One thing that could be
a restriction is the very thought that brains have a limit. If limits
existed, then people wouldn't be able to handle the extra things in life
that can possibly make it more enjoyable.

Chris Jones from United States
Comment 62 of 731, added on February 27th, 2008 at 5:44 PM.

I believe that the idea expressed in "The Brain is wider than the Sky" is a
comparison between the brain and the sky expressing that the brain has
knowledge and substance infinite to the sky. Dickinson is simply showing
emphasizing that the human mind is wider than the sky because it holds a
knowledge that is more infinite than the sky. This poem in general is hard
to comprehend but it encouraged me by letting me know that my misd is
deeper than the sky and sea.

Chasteney Richardson 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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