Comment 10 of 20, added on December 17th, 2005 at 9:41 AM.
we are always asking ourselves, 'is this true?" and Emily answers for us,
"yet certain I am... " and she expresses her faith in what she knows.
To those of us who are uncertain of what we know Emily brings confidence
and to learn her story of an isoated,single, woman of the 18th century
whose mind could help us understand our minds is a joy. She makes me
confident that the human race can create, achieve, and keep faith with
itself. Bless her.
james greene from United States
Comment 9 of 20, added on December 9th, 2005 at 7:01 AM.
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from United States
Comment 8 of 20, added on November 4th, 2005 at 10:49 AM.
Dickinson's oppinion is that you can worship
God by yourself. Religion is a personal matter to her and it is not wrong
that she feels this way.
Jack from United States
Comment 7 of 20, added on September 1st, 2005 at 5:39 PM.
Emily's religious beliefs remain to some extent a point of speculation.
Some of her poems indicate one way, some another. Yet I don't see that as
surprising at all. Who on Earth has the same beliefs about God, faith and
the Universe his or her entire life? Emily's constant struggle and search
meant that she was not a devoted fundamentalist like so many around her in
those days - that instead, she doubted, evaluated, and sought what SHE
thought made sense. Yet she went to church somewhat regularly, she read the
Bible and knew it practically by heart. Altogether, by today's standards,
she would definitely be called a Christian.
Regardless of her personal beliefs at the time though, this poem
illustrates in a piercingly accurate way the way faith works. As someone
above noted; she bought a ticket to Philadelphia on the good faith that it
was an existing place. The exact same goes for people of faith where heaven
is concerned, whether she believed in her own poem's conclusion at the time
To me, it is both one of the most mystifying as well as clarifying poems I
can think of, and certainly among her best for it.
Sander from Netherlands
Comment 6 of 20, added on August 3rd, 2005 at 9:23 PM.
This poem means a lot to me although I red it in a little different
version. So what if she didn't believe in God. In her time, in her
conditions! I admire her if so. To write like that almost without
influences! She's one of the greatest poets.
Comment 5 of 20, added on July 4th, 2005 at 2:32 AM.
Purchasing a ticket to travel to Philadelphia required Dickinson to accept
the exsistence of such a destination. Likewise, in the poem, she accepts
the existence of a place she calls heaven as though the ticket has already
As the blind men described the elephant differently according the which
part they examined, Dickinson and her father viewed Christianity
The blind men agreed there was an elephant. Dad and daughter agreed there
was a heaven. Everyone was right, but everyone was wrong. Wars have been
fought over such trivialities as this.
Comment 4 of 20, added on June 12th, 2005 at 12:26 AM.
My opinion of this poem is different with Beth,Emily didn't believe in God
but she believed in truth and herself.She was not easily influence by
Comment 3 of 20, added on April 7th, 2005 at 9:42 AM.
I think the poem is terrible it doesnt explain anything!she didnt believe
Beth from United States
Comment 2 of 20, added on March 17th, 2005 at 9:38 PM.
Just because she did not believe in conventional religious practices does
not mean that she did not believe in god. She had her own form of worship
and it did NOT include conforming to the belief that you can worship one
day a week to repent for all of your sins!
from United States
Comment 1 of 20, added on November 18th, 2004 at 5:17 AM.
Emily Dickenson's Biography stated that she challenged conventional
religious viewpoints of her father and the church.
I always thought that if you challenged something you would be reallt
against it or something not write something with so much faith in it!!!!
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