Going to Heaven!
I don’t know when —
Pray do not ask me how!
Indeed I’m too astonished
To think of answering you!
Going to Heaven!
How dim it sounds!
And yet it will be done
As sure as flocks go home at night
Unto the Shepherd’s arm!

Perhaps you’re going too!
Who knows?
If you should get there first
Save just a little space for me
Close to the two I lost —
The smallest “Robe” will fit me
And just a bit of “Crown” —
For you know we do not mind our dress
When we are going home —

I’m glad I don’t believe it
For it would stop my breath —
And I’d like to look a little more
At such a curious Earth!
I’m glad they did believe it
Whom I have never found
Since the might Autumn afternoon
I left them in the ground.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Going to Heaven!


  1. frumpo says:

    I will go to heaven, I think.

  2. LE-LO says:

    this is a very nice poem because it’s one that i really understand this poem is really straight forard ulike many of her poems.

  3. Jackie Bauman says:

    I think that this poem is really inspiring to me. I mean what you guys think and are doing is really great. I like all of you guys ideas. Right now I’m doing a research paper on her and this poem. I really love this poem.

  4. Bell says:

    This poem is one of my favorites from Emily Dickinson.
    Even though I like “Heart We Will Forget Him” better.
    But since I have a research paper due soon on her I will probably pick this one because I can understand it the best.

  5. Bianca says:

    This is really a sweet poem that I really do love. That comment that other guy made was completely un-called for, and no one wants to hear that. Let’s not let idiotic people ruin this comment for me.
    As I was saying, I love how truthful and wonderful this poem. It is my favorite of her’s, and I think I will read it out in class.

  6. John Zimik says:

    this poem is pretty good but can be bad at times. i really didnt like it that much. ok im going to wack off while i look at emily DICK in son !

  7. Emily #2 says:

    I was named after Emily Dickinson, and I love all her poems, but this is definetly one of my favorites!

  8. Stacey White says:

    This poem was actually set by Aaron Copland as one of the ’12 Poems of Emily Dickinson’ for voice and piano, written in 1950. Others include ‘Heart, we will forget him’ and ‘Why do they shut me out of Heaven?’ Some were later orchestrated as mentioned.

  9. Crystal Bathe says:

    Nice poem. I am using it for my school work.

  10. Dale Watson says:

    The Great American Composer Aaron Copland used this poem, along with 7 others as inspiration for music he composed for voice and chamber orchestra sometime between 1958 and 1970.

  11. Jessica says:

    The poem was good and I liked it. I just may use it for my assignment.

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