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

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Comment 44 of 724, added on February 24th, 2008 at 6:28 PM.

"The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --" explains the philosophical
interpretation of how the human mind really works. Emily Dickinson
expresses her view of how the intelligence and imagination of the mind
surpass all boundaries and encompass all things we view to be vast and
unending.Using descriptions such as “The Brain is deeper than the sea--”
Ms. Dickinson uses an aspect of nature usually viewed as inconceivably
infinite and portrays it as something small compared to the immeasurable
strength of mind power. She capitalizes words that are influential to the
parallelisms between the brain and things such as, “the weight of God--”.
Dickinson delves deep into the exact mystery of the human mind and its
limitless boundaries.

Kathryn Chambers from United States
Comment 43 of 724, added on February 24th, 2008 at 8:23 PM.

I believe that the theme of this poem is the limitless potential of the
brain. Dickinson compares it to other things which seem endless; the sky,
the sea, and God. When Dickinson compares the brain to the sea she states
that "The Brain is deeper than the sea --
For -- hold them -- Blue to Blue --
The one the other will absorb --". This compares the brain to a sponge,
able to absorb knowledge and wisdom. This makes me feel as if our brains
are one of the most complex tools in the world, able to break the
boundaries; our imaginations can takes us farther than anything else. As
they say, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Josh Fennell from United States
Comment 42 of 724, added on February 24th, 2008 at 8:19 PM.

"The Brain - is wider then the sky" the title alone grasps the readers
attention by stating an idea that compares something that seems infinite to
a common trait that we all have. I believe that Dickson compares the mind
to the sea and space, which in nature seem to have no end, in order to
portray the grandness and the endless abilities our minds are capable of. I
felt as if she truly glorified every individual in our world by writing
this poem. As if she is saying to all those who feel unintelligent, all
those who feel as if they lack creativity that you have been given a gift
that can move mountains and part seas.” The Brain is just the weight of
God" unlike the sea or sky and even space which has its limitations, by
comparing the brain to the weight of God Emily Dickson compares our simple
mass of grey matter to an astronomical number. Dickinson ode truly
expresses how amazing we all are as individuals. Our minds are amazing they
give each individual personality, creativity, and the ability to create and
define our lives through our actions which wouldn’t be possible without a

Kevin M from United States
Comment 41 of 724, added on February 24th, 2008 at 2:55 PM.

In the poem The Brain is wider than the sky, Emily Dickinson is explaining
that the brain has no boundaries. Your brain goes as far as you let it but
the sky doesnt because it has limits. This poem gave me a clear
understanding about how the brain overpowers the sky. The brain is very
unique because there is two sides to it so if one fails you syill have the
other side to depend on. Emily Dickinson makes it seem as if the brain
plays the role of God over your body because it helps you move on and
understand things better. This was one of Emily's best poems to me!!

Hariesha from United States
Comment 40 of 724, added on February 24th, 2008 at 2:25 PM.

The Brain can never stop receiving information. The Brain contains an
infinite amount of space. " The one the other will absorb-as
sponges-Buckets-do-" provides a great way to put a visualization on how the
brain can work. Dickinson portrays a message that every brain is different.
Although, they all have an unlimited amount of space and what you choose to
store in it is your decision.

Jenna D from United States
Comment 39 of 724, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 9:56 PM.

I believe that Dickinson had developed an understanding of the brain at
this time. She describes it with much enthusiasm and excitement, like a
child with a brand new toy. I agree with her poem in the sense that the
brain has limitless power. Thomas Jefferson once said that "If we did what
we are truly capable of, we would astonish ourselves". The brain is indeed
wider than the sky.

Mosi Triplett from United States
Comment 38 of 724, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 6:13 AM.

Dickinson is comparing the brain to the sky, the sea and the almighty. she
believes that the brain has unlimited power for which comparing to the sky
it is "wider" and will "contain with ease". Comparing to the sea, it is
deeper and can "hold them--blue to blue" and comparing to god, it is the
same "pound for pound". In the end, I think Dickinson value the brain as
though it was the almighty tool to use because it is unlimited.

Hai from United States
Comment 37 of 724, 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 724, 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 724, 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

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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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