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

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Comment 41 of 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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 731, 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

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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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