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

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Comment 34 of 724, 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 724, 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 724, 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
Comment 31 of 724, added on February 20th, 2008 at 10:03 PM.

To me, this poem is an expression of religion or a religious belief. I
think it was more a comparison of the brain to God, as opossed to the brain
compared to the sky. I think Dickinson was trying to show that intelligence
will get you farther in life then spiritual nature would. I disagree with
the thought as a whole, but it is a deep expressive way to show religious
opinions. "The Brain is just the weight of God" is a very interesting and
powerful statement because it is saying that the brain is a powerful and as
depended upon as God is.

Jacquie
Comment 30 of 724, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:06 PM.

When I first read this poem I understood it but the wording was very
confusing. I think she was trying to say humans are in fact the smartest
species on the planet created by God. I definitely agree on her way of
writing the poem. She said
"The brain-is wider than the sky-
For-put them side by side-
The one the other will contain
With ease-and You-beside-".
it makes so much sense because the brain is not limited and it can think
beyond and expand more knowledge than what we as humans normally use. "The
brain is deeper than the sea" because the sea is absorbed like a "sponge"
as for brains do not. Without a brain or a heart there would be no such
thing as life.

Amber C. from United States
Comment 29 of 724, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:04 PM.

I believe that Dickinson is trying to show the power of the brain. Show us
that the mind is an endless chasm of thought. This poem really makes me
think of my own imagination. It gives me the passion to explore how far I
can go with just my mind. “The Brain – is wider than the Sky” really shows
how far the brain can go. When Emily uses God to help explain the
greatness, it gives me an idea of just how strong the human mind can be.
God is ultimate symbol of power and greatness and when put next to the
brain, the brain can explore just as much.

Josh T from United States
Comment 28 of 724, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:16 PM.

In the poem The Brain is Wider than the sky the author, Emily Dickinson,
compares the human mind to the everyday sky. Even though the brain is
smaller in size, it is able to store infinite amounts of knowledge.Yet the
silly sky has several boundaries restricting it. The average human's brain
does a lot in one day. It really is shocking! But the sky does not have to
think or do work at all to keep people alive. All it does is sit and change
colors from dark to light (day to night).

Ava Singh from United States
Comment 27 of 724, added on February 19th, 2008 at 10:47 AM.

One of the commenters borught that the poem relates to how the brain has no
limits. that is exactly right. the brain can think on levels that many of
todays scientists cannot understand. as humans we only use 10% of our
brains. and yet we are able to do so much. imagaine if we used 100% of our
brains. that is something to think about. the brains is so complex. i like
how Dickenson says "The Brain -- is wider than the Sky --
For -- put them side by side --
The one the other will contain
With ease -- and You -- beside --" this is so true because the sjy jas a
limit. it ends when we are out in space. the sky has a beginning and has an
end. but the brain has no end to how much information that can be stored.
that is shy Emily Dickenson compares it to a sponge.

the brain can also be compared to God. As most of us believe, God is the
creator of everything. he has no beginning ad has no end. the brain can
definitely be compared to the almighty because both can think above and
beyond. both have nuerous amounts of information. i personally enjoy this
poem because of the fact i can relate to it. it helps me to appreciate God
even more and helps me to understand things on a deeper level. i think
thatis what Dickenson helps us to see.


Karen from United States
Comment 26 of 724, added on February 18th, 2008 at 12:58 PM.

This poem mainly speaks of the human mind and how it has no limits. When
comparing the brain to sky she says that "one will contain the other". The
sky has its limits and can only go so far, however the mind does not. It is
so amazing how the mind can think and absorb so much that it is beyond
nature itself. Although God is the bases of our mind; he created our minds
and therefore deciding on how much the human will imagine. Making sense
when the poet speaks "The Brain is just the weight of God."

Erika Morgan from United States
Comment 25 of 724, added on February 15th, 2008 at 5:59 PM.

This poem shows the true abilities of our own brains. Although, I will
dispute the fact that our brains are more powerful than God. This poem is
still moving despite my former disagreement.

elexis and alexandra 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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