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Comment 61 of 731, added on February 27th, 2008 at 6:43 AM.

The Brain is wider than the sky

In the poem “The Brain is wider than the sky,” Dickinson attempts to
emphasize the true size of the human mind. In order to truly portray the
truly infinite size of the human brain, she compares it with the limitless
clear, weather holding sky and the never ending, original habitat, the
ocean. Attempting to have an “awe” moment, she mentions that “the brain is
just the weight of God.” When one thinks about the weight of God, you begin
to have a deep thought where you realize exactly what Ms. Dickinson was
portraying that unlike the ocean and the sky, the human mind has an
infinite, and ironically weightless 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. Therefore in
conclusion, we end up learning something new from this wonderful poem,
showing that our brains are our most essential parts of our body.



Mark Kimata
Comment 60 of 731, added on February 26th, 2008 at 11:38 PM.

In “The Brain is wider that the Sky,” Dickinson is trying to portray that
the brain has limitless possibilities compared to the expansive physical
attributes of the world. In referring to the lines “The one the other will
contain with ease and you beside” Dickinson is comparing the capacity of
the sky to the capacity of the mind. From that passage, the reader can
infer that minds capability for emotion, knowledge, experience, and memory
cannot fit in the vast space of the sky. Our brain is limitless in its
capacity. Dickinson also compares the depth of the brain to the sea. In the
passage “The one the other will absorb as Sponges Buckets’ do” shows that
the brain has unlimited adaptability and the ability to learn cannot be
compared tot the depth of the sea. The brain compared to the largest
physical features of the world, is truly incomparable because the brains
capacity can never be completely measured. Reading Emily Dickinson’s poem
“The Brain is wider than the Sky” conveys a positive outlook on the ability
of the human brain to attain knowledge beyond the measure of the sky or the
depth of the sea. Positive and incomparable words such as “wider” and
“deeper” promote a positive outlook on the capacity of the brain compared
to the other large aspects of the world.

Alexandra Carter from United States
Comment 59 of 731, added on February 26th, 2008 at 10:00 PM.

In the poem The Brain --Is Wider than the Sky, Emily Dickson explains how
the human mind has great intellect because it can expand and grow to the
widths of the sky. I feel as though she was trying to emphasize the point
that when you extend your thoughts and your imagination, they can be
compared to the widths of the sky. In the line The One the other will
absorb as sponges and buckets do, Emily talks about how our brain
constantly absorbs information every single day therefore we learn causing
the brain to grow. It extends her ideas that the human brain has no limits.
Our minds are a terrible thing to waste therefore we should use it to our
fullest potential.

****LOUWEEZA H***** from United States
Comment 58 of 731, added on February 26th, 2008 at 9:06 PM.

In Emily’s Dickinson ’s poem “The Brain is wider than the Sky,” Dickinson
is comparing many things of nature with the brain. For example when she
says “The brain is wider than the sky”, she is talking about how the brain
has no set boundaries. It can gather as much information as it wants as for
the sky has limits. She also compares “The brain is deeper than the sea”,
by this she means that the brain is like a sponge and can absorb infinite
things, where as the sea can always overflow. Dickinson’s last observation
is that “The brain is just the weight of God”, Emily tries to portray God
and the Human Brain to a remarkable thing that every one needs. She is
saying that like God a person needs a brain to live.




Natalia Roque from United States
Comment 57 of 731, added on February 25th, 2008 at 9:18 PM.

Here, I believe, Ms. Dickinson is explaining the depth of the human
intellect and the mind's capacity for things beyond reason or doubt. This
poem has an air of awe and inspiration of God's greatest gift to mankind,
the one tool that gives us the power of imagination.
"The Brain is just the weight of God
For-Heft them-Pound for Pound"
Dickinson capitalizes 'Heft' and 'Pound' as means to convey the message
that the weight of the intellect is a holy poundage for God alone.

Sydney from United States
Comment 56 of 731, added on February 25th, 2008 at 5:34 PM.

I believe that in Emily Dickinson’s “The Brain is Wider than the Sky”,
she expresses the importance and greatness we can show through our brain.
She lets us know that no matter what we can never learn too much. Through
the line “The one the other will contain” I feel is expressing that we can
learn anything from the world with no limit. Therefore our “brain is wider
than the sky” and “deeper than the sea”. This poem gives everyone a
spectacular view on what his or her brain can absorb and conquer. She also
continues on with weighing our power of the brain to the strengths and
powers of God himself.

Chelsea from United States
Comment 55 of 731, added on February 25th, 2008 at 9:55 AM.

This poem made me think of the mind in a new way. It opened me to the
thought that the powers of our brains are endless and can be great when
used to its full potential. When I finished reading it felt that I could
achieve anything that I set my mind to. My favorite line was the one
comparing the brain to the sky. Which said to me that the sky is the limit
for what you want to achieve using your brain.

Nicholas from United States
Comment 54 of 731, added on February 25th, 2008 at 8:01 AM.

Through her poem, "The Brain --is wider than the sky," Emily Dickinson
expresses her comprehension of the human brain as a cosmic entity of which
bears an unprecedented volume. A volume that God's creations can not even
encompass. The brain, she goes on, contains the sky and absorbs the sea. In
that she implies that human thought is high and bright, and as deep and
dark in that it ponders on...uncharted... In her thought she goes on to
make the human brain as almighty of God himself, and makes it seem as if
the power of the mysterious brain is great enough even to challenge him.
All the same, she seems to describe the potency of the both (God and brain)
as a "syllable and sound" alike in that one is the offspring of the other.

Carlos Rodriguez from United States
Comment 53 of 731, added on February 25th, 2008 at 8:01 AM.

In Emily Dickinson, The Brain -- is wider than the Sky--. I have came to an
understanding that the brain is abundantly powerful than any thing. When
Emily Dickinson stated, The Brain is deeper Than the Sea- - For -- Hold
them Blue to Blue-- The one the other will absorb-- As sponges-- Buckets--
do. That tells me that the brain takes in everything and stores it, the
brain reacts as a sponge and absorbs all information. The sea can only hold
a certain amount...a bucket can only hold a certain amount. We should never
take the brain for granted. It is a horrible thing to waiste. People should
use their brains to their full ability for the brain is the most powerful
object in the world.

Alyse Bryant from Canada
Comment 52 of 731, added on February 25th, 2008 at 7:57 AM.

In the poem "The Brain--is wider than the Sky", i think that it shows that
your mind has much more knowledge than you think it does. It made me feel
that if you compare natural things to knowledge, you can get a lot more out
of the things you learn. It says that in the poem that "one the other will
contain". This came to my attention because I felt you can obtain as much
knowledge as big as the sky but the sky can only hold so much besides the
clouds. Symbolism is a very big part of this poem because Emily Dickinson
uses the sky to show how much knowledge your brain has the ability to hold.
It represents your intelligencem, your mind, and the information you are
willing to let it hold.

Teria Harvin 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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