Comment 1 of 273, added on July 3rd, 2011 at 6:13 PM.
My Faith is larger than the Hills
What is this about? I believe that she (Emily) is being wry, a touch of
sarcasm, humor. It appears to be a slanted rebut to those who have or
profess to have a great deal of "Faith."
Dickenson exclaims that her Faith is larger and longer lasting than
the Hills and, that when the Hills decay, her Faith will have to show the
Sun where to go- but oh! the consequences.... It would, The Sun, cause
such havoc and her Faith would bear such a responsibility. How dare I have
such Faith since so much depends on it. And, if my Faith is misguided and
the "Firmament should fail for me-", all hell would break loose, as we say.
She seems to be taking the position that stone solid, Faith, is not a
reasonable position, but that Faith needs have some more humble uncertainty
to it, to be reasonable. She is questioning! Emily is wonderful!!!
Today, about 150 years later than when she wrote these words, Faith is
still around and giving us all trouble. Some, who profess to have
rock-solid "Faith", are at odds with those of us with little, if any,
belief or Faith. What, we do not know, we, simply do not know and cannot
explain away using Faith. Emily Dickenson is the voice of reason!
Let me know if I am off-base. Joe DiMattio
from United States