The Brain — is wider than the Sky —

The Brain — is wider than the Sky —
For — put them side by side —
The one the other will contain
With ease — and You — beside —

The Brain is deeper than the sea —
For — hold them — Blue to Blue —
The one the other will absorb —
As Sponges — Buckets — do —

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 —

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  1. Radha kamriya says:

    The poet here talks extensively on the theme of the superiority of the brain.
    The poem is in a formal pattern; it consists of iambicpentameter,with tetrameter used for the first and third lines of each stanza & trimeter used for the 2nd &4th lines,i.e.
    , , , ,
    The brain/ is wid/er than/ the sky

  2. msauge yakobo says:

    The poem shows the Beings brain capacity over the whole beings over the whole world.Blue to blue means that the bain is deeper than the depth from the innest sea to the sky.The brain has the control of all the existings,hence the brain has no boundaries of the doings.

  3. Lou says:

    Our minds can do great things!
    I wonder if Dickinson ever thought that her poems would be so popular. I wonder if she knew that someday students would have to read and write about her poems. I wonder if she knew that one day would-be teachers would have to write about her poem to pass state exams. I wonder if…”The Brain–is wider than the Sky–” I wonder.

  4. Lou says:

    Our minds can do great things!
    I wonder if Dickinson ever thought that her poems would be so popular. I wonder if she knew that someday students would have to read and write about her poems. I wonder if she knew that one day would-be teachers would have to write about her poem to pass state exams. I wonder if…”The Brain–is wider than the Sky–” I wonder.

  5. Gail Johnson says:

    I believe the statement, ‘the brain is the weight of God’, defines the whole poem, for the brain is that which conceiived God!!!

  6. Daniela Carrasco says:

    My comments are specifically focused on the last part of the poem.
    What I understand from “the brain is just the weight of God” is that we have not limits in our thinking…we can create things and situations that not really exists….. (It´s a kind of power, like the power of God)…. BUT ….There is something very important:
    ” Heft them — Pound for Pound
    And THEY WILL DIFFER– if they do –
    AS SYLLABLE FROM SOUND — ”

    Obviously they (Brain and God´s power) will differ, because brain´s power isn´t effective if we don´t do what we have think….

    ..AS SYLLABLE FROM SOUND…. (For me a syllable isn´t effective if we don´t pronounce it aloud….and giving SOUND as a result ).

    It´s like theory and practising….. It´s the same!!!

  7. Mike Hunt says:

    How can the brain not exist and be wider than the sky and deeper than the ocean??

  8. Estefania Rosas says:

    In the poem The Brain is Wider than the Sky, Emily Dickinson states that there is

    no such thing as the brain. She wrote about how “The brain is wider than the

    sky”, and how “The brain is deeper than the ocean”. She says that the brain is

    wider than the sky because the brain is open to things and compared to the sky the

    brain is bigger. She also says that the brain is deeper than the ocean, that’s

    because the brain can absorb and can be open to new things and the brain has no

    limits. Knowing that the sky and the ocean are the two biggest things on our

    atmosphere she says that he brain is wider and deeper. I think that she means that

    no matter what, your brain is the biggest thing in the world and that the brain has

    no limits because is full of knowledge.

  9. tasha says:

    In this poem Emily Dickinson is trying to show that the sky has no limitations and compares that to your brain, being that there are no limitations to what you can learn. As she describes “For—put them side by side— The one the other will contain” they are just as equal. “The one the other will absorb — As Sponges — Buckets — do –” She is saying you can absorb just as much as a sponge can. She also describes how you can hold up to however much information you want, comparing that to the sea. Emily expresses that the brain is a gift from God that we should use to our full advantage we should not make a limit on what we are able to learn. As she describes this she says that the brain is the weight of God, the weight is used to symbolize the gift, and it should be used to your full advantage. She also uses the sky to symbolize how the sky has to beginning nor ending, so your mind should not either. This poem to me says a lot, because she is trying to get across that we should use the gift that God provided for us, and make no limitations to which we use it.

  10. Samantha says:

    In line one where it starts out with, “The Brian is wider than the sky” she is explaining that the brain has so much knowledge and it is so much brighter than the sky. The brain is so much wiser than the sky and the brain has experience so much more than the sky. Line five “The Brain is deeper than the sea” she means that you can dig so much in the brain it is never ending on what that brain can hold. The sea you can only dig so deep until you get to the bottom. She describes the brain as a “Sponge” because the brain can absorb anything that you want to let in. “Syllable from Sound” the syllable means that it is what makes the sound and how it is played, the brain can be the same way with what you hear you can remember in you brain what it reminds you of. The theme is how the brain can be compared to so many things and still seems to outrun them.

  11. Roberto Reyes says:

    In the poem “The Brain is wider than the sky” I feel that Emily Dickinsin is telling us what the mind can do. There is nothing bigger than the brain. In the phrase “the brain is deeper than the sea” it let us know that the brain can go deeper than anything there is in life. Its like the other phrase that says “the one the other will absorb as sponges-buckets-do” it shows us that the brain is really important because it can take in more information than buckets can take in. Although the sky is bigger, the brain is even wider because it can expand more than anything. The deeper it is the more information can get or the more information it can take out of anything. It shows us the importance that it makes in everybody’s life

  12. Justin Hatcher says:

    In “The Brain- is wider than the sky” Emily Dickinson is saying that are brain is endless. Unlike the sky that has limits the brain has no limits. This poem really opened my eyes and showed me another side that I have never thought of before. It made me think how powerful the human brain really is, yet it is small in comparison to the sky. “The Brain is wider than the sky” (Dickinson 426). This line shows that the brain can come up with and do so much more than the sky. “For put them side by side the one the other will contain” (Dickson 426). This line proves that even side by side the brain is smaller than the sky looking at them; butt the brain over comes the sky. Dickinson uses the words “Wider” and “Absorbs” to describe the brain and a sponge. She uses these words because the brain absorbs information just like a sponge absorbs water. Dickinson also uses the word Wider because the brain doesn’t have limits like the sky does.

  13. CW says:

    In the poem “The brain is wider than the sky” Emily Dickson express the beauty of the brain and how it is unimaginable to what can be done with it. She quotes “that the brain is wider than the sky, for put them side by side” in this line she is explains that the mind has no limit to what it could do. As humans we can’t even image the width of the sky, for it seems so far stretched that it seems if it goes on forever. She explains that brain is much more than the width of the sky, it has a limit, but yet the brain does not. She states the brain is like a “Sponge” it absorbs the information that is presented in front of it. But the sea does not nearly have any of the features that the brain does, for it is only like a “bucket” holding only but so much. Emily feels strongly about how the brain is powerful and can’t be compared to nothing else around, that even if you tried to compare “They will differ-if they do as syllables from sound.” This poem makes you feel empowered, like you have the one tool to conquer all. She draws out the emotion of being prideful.

  14. Brenda Enfua says:

    From my understanding the poem “The Brain is wider than the Sky” is stating that the brain is capable of containing infinitive amounts of knowledge yet the sky is limited to its size. Physically the sky is wider than the brain but mentally the brain overtakes the sky. “The one the other will contain” stated in the poem is describing the brains capabilities. The poem also compares the brain to the sea by saying “The Brain is deeper than the sea.” This statement is referring to the fact that there is a point where you will eventually reach the bottom of the sea but for the brain it can always grow without limitations. As new things come by the brain will “absorb” them as knowledge. The sky and the sea are incapable of this task. The poem is correct in referring to brains as “sponges”. The brain is truly wider than the sky.

  15. William Robbins says:

    The message Emily Dickinson was trying to show through her poem was there’s no limit on how much knowledge the brain can gain. The poem made me want to gain as much knowledge as possible because it can only benefit me. In line three she says “the one the other will contain.” Dickinson is saying that if you had to stretch the brain next to the sky the brain would overtake the sky. The brain has no boundaries on how much knowledge it can obtain. Dickinson uses another strong quote in her poem she says “the one the other will absorb.” She continuously abides by her statement that nothing can surpass the brain in depth or knowledge. Two words that grabbed my attention were; absorb and sponges. They caught my attention because they were used as similes in the poem and you can relate to it.

  16. Stephanie Stewart says:

    Emily Dickinson paints an elaborate picture of how the brain is open to mountains of information that would put Mount Everest to shame. She states that the Brain is “deeper than the sea.” Personifying the information into the vast ocean, she gives us a biting image of the endlessness she feels our minds have. I also believe this is a personal message to the world to leave your mind open for traveling through worlds unexplored. It moves me as to what we are capable of as thinking human beings.

  17. Erica says:

    When Emily Dickinson comments that the brain is wider than they sky she means that the brain is so in detail when thinking. Even though the sky is humongous the thought of the brain is even bigger. In the line “The one the other will absorb –,” Emily is describing that the brain can absorb more than the sea like sponges. Dickinson explains that if you put the two side by side then a person can see that the brain contains more than some of the biggest things in the world. She explains that if the brain and God were side by side then they might or might not be the same weight.

  18. Amber Johnston says:

    The Brain- is wider than the sky-”, is about how big and important the mind really is.” It mentions “The Brain- is wider than the Sky- For put them side by side-” That part of the poem is saying if you put your mind next to the sky, your mind will be wider, because it holds a knowledge that is more infinite than the sky.. Mind is much more than anything in the universe. Dickinson is emphasizing how important the human mind is. Emily compares mind to the sky and the sea, two large things on our atmosphere. She is trying to show that no matter what, compared to anything, what you think and your mind is bigger and greater anything in the world.

  19. Keyaira Littles says:

    In “The Brain–Is Wider Than The Sky,” Emily Dickinson was showing the significance and value of the human imagination and knowledge. She mentions how if they’re “put side by side- the one the other will contain”. By this, Dickinson meant that the sky has limitations, however, the imagination and knowledge of a person doesn’t. According to the poem, Emily describes the brain to be deeper than the sea, stating,”The one the other will absorb.” To my understanding, I believe that Dickinson was describing that this world and beyond is filled with information and discoveries. If you were to increase or “absorb” these things, your mind would have the capacity to do such. In my own comprehension, Emily Dickinson was delivering a powerful message, showing that we as people often underestimate and misuse the power of the mind.

  20. Chris Jones says:

    The Brain, the center of Emily Dickinson’s “The Brain- is wider than the sky-,” is a magestical tool that people can use to make a world complete. Vast feelings of emotion stem from the brain and make people react. “The Brain-is wider than the sky-” is another way to say that our minds are unrestricted from any thoughts, feelings, or combinations of each. “The Brain is deeper than the sea-” shows just how much people can comprehend. Minds are capable of being full of everything imaginable. A lot of times people fill some of this space with emotions, others fill it with thoughts that assist in human development. There is no limit to what can be in a human mind; there is no such thing as a full mind. One thing that could be a restriction is the very thought that brains have a limit. If limits existed, then people wouldn’t be able to handle the extra things in life that can possibly make it more enjoyable.

  21. Chasteney Richardson says:

    I believe that the idea expressed in “The Brain is wider than the Sky” is a comparison between the brain and the sky expressing that the brain has knowledge and substance infinite to the sky. Dickinson is simply showing emphasizing that the human mind is wider than the sky because it holds a knowledge that is more infinite than the sky. This poem in general is hard to comprehend but it encouraged me by letting me know that my misd is deeper than the sky and sea.

  22. Mark Kimata says:

    The Brain is wider than the sky

    In the poem “The Brain is wider than the sky,” Dickinson attempts to emphasize the true size of the human mind. In order to truly portray the truly infinite size of the human brain, she compares it with the limitless clear, weather holding sky and the never ending, original habitat, the ocean. Attempting to have an “awe” moment, she mentions that “the brain is just the weight of God.” When one thinks about the weight of God, you begin to have a deep thought where you realize exactly what Ms. Dickinson was portraying that unlike the ocean and the sky, the human mind has an infinite, and ironically weightless incomparable capacity which is learning. Similarly the ocean and the sky are always changing as time goes on and as time goes on; the human brain is still evolving. Therefore in conclusion, we end up learning something new from this wonderful poem, showing that our brains are our most essential parts of our body.

  23. Alexandra Carter says:

    In “The Brain is wider that the Sky,” Dickinson is trying to portray that the brain has limitless possibilities compared to the expansive physical attributes of the world. In referring to the lines “The one the other will contain with ease and you beside” Dickinson is comparing the capacity of the sky to the capacity of the mind. From that passage, the reader can infer that minds capability for emotion, knowledge, experience, and memory cannot fit in the vast space of the sky. Our brain is limitless in its capacity. Dickinson also compares the depth of the brain to the sea. In the passage “The one the other will absorb as Sponges Buckets’ do” shows that the brain has unlimited adaptability and the ability to learn cannot be compared tot the depth of the sea. The brain compared to the largest physical features of the world, is truly incomparable because the brains capacity can never be completely measured. Reading Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Brain is wider than the Sky” conveys a positive outlook on the ability of the human brain to attain knowledge beyond the measure of the sky or the depth of the sea. Positive and incomparable words such as “wider” and “deeper” promote a positive outlook on the capacity of the brain compared to the other large aspects of the world.

  24. ****LOUWEEZA H***** says:

    In the poem The Brain –Is Wider than the Sky, Emily Dickson explains how the human mind has great intellect because it can expand and grow to the widths of the sky. I feel as though she was trying to emphasize the point that when you extend your thoughts and your imagination, they can be compared to the widths of the sky. In the line The One the other will absorb as sponges and buckets do, Emily talks about how our brain constantly absorbs information every single day therefore we learn causing the brain to grow. It extends her ideas that the human brain has no limits. Our minds are a terrible thing to waste therefore we should use it to our fullest potential.

  25. Natalia Roque says:

    In Emily’s Dickinson ’s poem “The Brain is wider than the Sky,” Dickinson is comparing many things of nature with the brain. For example when she says “The brain is wider than the sky”, she is talking about how the brain has no set boundaries. It can gather as much information as it wants as for the sky has limits. She also compares “The brain is deeper than the sea”, by this she means that the brain is like a sponge and can absorb infinite things, where as the sea can always overflow. Dickinson’s last observation is that “The brain is just the weight of God”, Emily tries to portray God and the Human Brain to a remarkable thing that every one needs. She is saying that like God a person needs a brain to live.

  26. Sydney says:

    Here, I believe, Ms. Dickinson is explaining the depth of the human intellect and the mind’s capacity for things beyond reason or doubt. This poem has an air of awe and inspiration of God’s greatest gift to mankind, the one tool that gives us the power of imagination.
    “The Brain is just the weight of God
    For-Heft them-Pound for Pound”
    Dickinson capitalizes ‘Heft’ and ‘Pound’ as means to convey the message that the weight of the intellect is a holy poundage for God alone.

  27. Chelsea says:

    I believe that in Emily Dickinson’s “The Brain is Wider than the Sky”, she expresses the importance and greatness we can show through our brain. She lets us know that no matter what we can never learn too much. Through the line “The one the other will contain” I feel is expressing that we can learn anything from the world with no limit. Therefore our “brain is wider than the sky” and “deeper than the sea”. This poem gives everyone a spectacular view on what his or her brain can absorb and conquer. She also continues on with weighing our power of the brain to the strengths and powers of God himself.

  28. Nicholas says:

    This poem made me think of the mind in a new way. It opened me to the thought that the powers of our brains are endless and can be great when used to its full potential. When I finished reading it felt that I could achieve anything that I set my mind to. My favorite line was the one comparing the brain to the sky. Which said to me that the sky is the limit for what you want to achieve using your brain.

  29. Alyse Bryant says:

    In Emily Dickinson, The Brain — is wider than the Sky–. I have came to an understanding that the brain is abundantly powerful than any thing. When Emily Dickinson stated, The Brain is deeper Than the Sea- – For — Hold them Blue to Blue– The one the other will absorb– As sponges– Buckets– do. That tells me that the brain takes in everything and stores it, the brain reacts as a sponge and absorbs all information. The sea can only hold a certain amount…a bucket can only hold a certain amount. We should never take the brain for granted. It is a horrible thing to waiste. People should use their brains to their full ability for the brain is the most powerful object in the world.

  30. Carlos Rodriguez says:

    Through her poem, “The Brain –is wider than the sky,” Emily Dickinson expresses her comprehension of the human brain as a cosmic entity of which bears an unprecedented volume. A volume that God’s creations can not even encompass. The brain, she goes on, contains the sky and absorbs the sea. In that she implies that human thought is high and bright, and as deep and dark in that it ponders on…uncharted… In her thought she goes on to make the human brain as almighty of God himself, and makes it seem as if the power of the mysterious brain is great enough even to challenge him. All the same, she seems to describe the potency of the both (God and brain) as a “syllable and sound” alike in that one is the offspring of the other.

  31. Teria Harvin says:

    In the poem “The Brain–is wider than the Sky”, i think that it shows that your mind has much more knowledge than you think it does. It made me feel that if you compare natural things to knowledge, you can get a lot more out of the things you learn. It says that in the poem that “one the other will contain”. This came to my attention because I felt you can obtain as much knowledge as big as the sky but the sky can only hold so much besides the clouds. Symbolism is a very big part of this poem because Emily Dickinson uses the sky to show how much knowledge your brain has the ability to hold. It represents your intelligencem, your mind, and the information you are willing to let it hold.

  32. John Perren says:

    This poem is about the vastness and expansive capabilities of the brain. When she talks about the brain being wider than the sky she is express its vast ability to learn and expand with its new knowledge. The brain is deeper than the sea because of the depth of emotion and spiritualism in which it has. Lastly its heft is mention, and how pound for pound the brains ability is far superior to anything you put it up against. Overall the brain is the huge, ever expansive, and infinite in its ability to grow and change.

  33. Hannah O says:

    In Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Brain is wider the sky” she compares the human brain to being wider then the sky. That ours brains can image and produce unlimited thoughts or ideas. She compares the brain being deeper then the sea, “The one the other will absorb, As sponges – buckets do”. Meaning our minds are deep and absorb more information than a sponge can hold water, and you can never fill it up or learn too much like a bucket can overflow.

  34. Mark Kimata says:

    In this poem, Dickinson is emphasizing the true size of the human mind. Comparing it with the sky or the ocean, she is explaining that unlike the set dimensions of these two objects, the human brain has no limit. Unlike the two, the human mind has an infinite, incomparable capacity which is learning. Similarly the ocean and the sky are always changing as time goes on and as time goes on; the human brain is still evolving. This shows that our brain is the most essential necessity of our body because without it, there’s no hope for life.

  35. Justin Pitt says:

    I believe that in this poem, Dickinson is expressing the amazing span of the human mind.

    “The Brain — is wider than the Sky —
    For — put them side by side —
    The one the other will contain
    With ease –”

    She points out that the brain and the sky can contain each other with ease- this is, to me, the most profound part of the poem. While the brain is incredibly small in comparison to the sky, the spread of endless blue could contain millions of brains in the physical sense. A single mind has the mental capacity for not only the entire sky, but the ocean as well. Dickinson compares the brain to a “sponge”, a description that is only fitting to the amount of information our most amazing organ can suck in and permanently retain. It’s inspiring to see the poet express the limitless creativity and capacity of the mind. My personal reaction is to utilize this priceless ability as much as possible, and take in as much information as I can. However, I also feel that a sickeningly large portion of modern society completely neglects the powers of the mind. Such a waste…

  36. Eric Miller says:

    Emily Dickinson uses a theme of infinity. She uses imagery such as in this excerpt, “The Brain is deeper than the Sea” and “the Brian is wider than the Sky” to relate to a seemingly infinite space, the earth is one finite piece. While the brain is finite in a given size it is infinite in the ability to learn and to become wiser. Dickinson also relates the Brain’s infinite abilities to God’s infinite being. The reason Dickinson uses the correlation from nature to God is because she had many of the beliefs of the transcendentalists poets. Dickinson was able to show her beliefs through her analogy between God/Nature’s and relate it to humanity; “The Brain”.

  37. $Nico Delaney$ says:

    In Emily Dickinson’s poem ,”The Brain–is wider than the Sky”, her comparison between the human brain and the sky simply states that the capabilities and capacity of the mind are endless.As I myself read this poem it makes me think of the possibilities the mind can achieve.The comparisons of this poem made me realize the power that I have as a Human being.It also shows me how we all have the same ability but we still have different concepts because of what we let our minds absorb.When she says “The Brain is deeper than the sea” Dickinson writes as if the brain has enough capacity to be fulfilled, but it can only be filled if the time and dedicatioin is put into what its being studied in life.The brain itself acts like a “Sponge” or “Bucket” that is waiting to absorb or fill up with the right substances to reach the goal of fulfillment.To me, a mind can never overflow therefore it can never be full.

  38. Kathryn Chambers says:

    “The Brain — is wider than the Sky –” explains the philosophical interpretation of how the human mind really works. Emily Dickinson expresses her view of how the intelligence and imagination of the mind surpass all boundaries and encompass all things we view to be vast and unending. Using descriptions such as “The Brain is deeper than the sea–” Ms. Dickinson uses an aspect of nature usually viewed as inconceivably infinite and portrays it as something small compared to the immeasurable strength of mind power. She capitalizes words that are influential to the parallelisms between the brain and things such as, “the weight of God–”. Dickinson delves deep into the exact mystery of the human mind and its limitless boundaries.

  39. Josh Fennell says:

    I believe that the theme of this poem is the limitless potential of the brain. Dickinson compares it to other things which seem endless; the sky, the sea, and God. When Dickinson compares the brain to the sea she states that “The Brain is deeper than the sea —
    For — hold them — Blue to Blue —
    The one the other will absorb –“. This compares the brain to a sponge, able to absorb knowledge and wisdom. This makes me feel as if our brains are one of the most complex tools in the world, able to break the boundaries; our imaginations can takes us farther than anything else. As they say, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  40. Kevin M says:

    “The Brain – is wider then the sky” the title alone grasps the readers attention by stating an idea that compares something that seems infinite to a common trait that we all have. I believe that Dickson compares the mind to the sea and space, which in nature seem to have no end, in order to portray the grandness and the endless abilities our minds are capable of. I felt as if she truly glorified every individual in our world by writing this poem. As if she is saying to all those who feel unintelligent, all those who feel as if they lack creativity that you have been given a gift that can move mountains and part seas.” The Brain is just the weight of God” unlike the sea or sky and even space which has its limitations, by comparing the brain to the weight of God Emily Dickson compares our simple mass of grey matter to an astronomical number. Dickinson ode truly expresses how amazing we all are as individuals. Our minds are amazing they give each individual personality, creativity, and the ability to create and define our lives through our actions which wouldn’t be possible without a brain.

  41. Kathryn Chambers says:

    “The Brain — is wider than the Sky –” explains the philosophical interpretation of how the human mind really works. Emily Dickinson expresses her view of how the intelligence and imagination of the mind surpass all boundaries and encompass all things we view to be vast and unending.Using descriptions such as “The Brain is deeper than the sea–” Ms. Dickinson uses an aspect of nature usually viewed as inconceivably infinite and portrays it as something small compared to the immeasurable strength of mind power. She capitalizes words that are influential to the parallelisms between the brain and things such as, “the weight of God–”. Dickinson delves deep into the exact mystery of the human mind and its limitless boundaries.

  42. Hariesha says:

    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!!

  43. Jenna D says:

    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.

  44. Mosi Triplett says:

    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.

  45. Hai says:

    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.

  46. Lakiva S. says:

    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.

  47. KESHiA says:

    “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.

  48. Blaine C. says:

    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.

  49. Mohamed says:

    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.

  50. Jeremy P. says:

    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”.

  51. Kayla Evelyn says:

    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.

  52. Jacquie says:

    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.

  53. Ava Singh says:

    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).

  54. Amber C. says:

    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.

  55. Karen says:

    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.

  56. Erika Morgan says:

    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.”

  57. elexis and alexandra says:

    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.

  58. Patrick says:

    This time, this poem’s message refers to how powerful the heart and the mind truely are over nature. Very appalling to read about the mind. How the human mind is ‘-wider than the Sky-‘ and that it is ‘deeper than the sea-‘, its like Dickinson is trying to say that the brain is more powerful than nature itself- in other words, more powerful then God himself. Very strange when Dickinson states:
    “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-”
    The brain is really weighed the same as the Lord God himself? Very strange, but somewhat makes sense!

  59. MONICA says:

    The brain is very very gross and slimy and also gooey.

    E. D. is kind of weird because her poems are weird.

  60. betty says:

    Iam a writer of some poetry myself. But I just love all kind of poems. But this one got a story behind it somewhere. And I am trying to write my own conclusion. This particular one just stole my heart.

  61. Rachel says:

    Well the brain is wider than the sky and as deep as the sea have been covered extensively and very well I might add. The brain is the weight of god has been touched on but not near as much and I’d like to lend a few ideas I had on the subject. One would be that since the soul has no weight and is essentially the part of us that is closest to god the brain would be the physical attribute he gifted us with, a mind, that can comprehend both him and our world therefore it would be the weight of god. Another would be that as in a few other poems she is questioning the existance of god. The brain is the weight of god could also easily mean that he lives in our brains and since we invented god than what created and houses him is him, his weight if you will.

  62. monique hendrix says:

    The brain could thik and be more braud.The brain could learn more and no boundaries of learning new things.It is also the extinction of god.The brain is just as serious as god.I honestly feel more that I shouldnt take advantage of my brain anymore and try putting more effort into learning new things.Because the brain is apart our whole life

  63. Cherell B. says:

    This poem was vey interesting. The poem the ability of what our brains are capable of and that there are no limitations on what our minds can do. The mind is a powerful thing and should be used at the maximum. The brain is your stepping stone and without it you will be lost.

  64. monique says:

    The brain could think and be more braud. The brian could learn more have no boundaries of learning new things. Your brain is the extinction of god. The brain is just as serious as god. The poem is basically apart of your whole life.

  65. Brittany M Jackson says:

    This poem was a very interseting poem. This poem showed a great amount of symbolism. The poem came to my attention by the great amount of comparison between the sky and the brain. Yes they both are very complex pieces and Emily showed in her writing the similarites between the two and which one was a lead of the other. Emily is a great writer and i think she has amazing pieces.

  66. Frank says:

    I think this poem is very deep. She is mostly talking about how your mind can explore more than the places you can go physically, such as the sea or the sky. Your brain can go into so many places if you could measure it, it would go beyond the sky and deeper than the sea. so she goes to say “The Brain is just the weight of God”..because God is the strongest we can compare anything too, so thats as far as it can go. I believe this poem can help us think different about ourselves and what we do.

  67. Gabrielle says:

    This poem was extremely meaningful to me. Her use of symbolism and various metaphors is spectacular. “The brain is deeper than the sea-For-Hold them-Blue to blue-The one the other will absorb-As sponges-Buckets-Do-” She is describing how the brain is unlimited and that there are no boundaries as to how far it can take you. It is wonderful, and it really makes you think.

  68. Leandra says:

    I enjoyed this poem because reading it made me realize how powerful the brain truly is. The analogy comparing the brain to the sky was amazing because it stresses how much information the brain can hold. Dickinson saying that the brain was deeper than the sea made it seem like no matter how deeply you think, you can never thing too deep and never stop thinking on a higher level.

  69. andrew says:

    The poem “The Brain- is wider than the sky” Dickinson is talking about how the brain is a very powerful thing. It is wider than the sky in that it has no boundries. It is deeper than the sea because it has the power to absorb almost any thought. The sea can only absorb some stuff, the brain can do anything. And i think she is meaning that the brain is like God over your body. Just as people look to God for help. The body looks to the brain for help. This is what i think about this poem.

  70. Quintin says:

    This is a very well written poem. In it, Emily compares the mind to an ocean, th sky and says that it is the weight of God. I would have never thought to think of the mind as such an intricate and essential part of a person…(other than to live of course) She says the brain is deeper than the sea, for hold them blue to blue, one will absorb the other…Tell me that just hearing that doesnt make you think about how deep and powerful your mind is.

  71. Gabby says:

    This poem was extremly meaningful to me. Her use of symbolism and various metaphors is spectacular. She is describing how the brain is unlimited and that there are no boundaries as to how far it can take you. Its wonderful, and it really makes you think.

  72. Jenaca says:

    This poem shows the capabilities of the human mind. The brain is wider than the sky because it has the compasity to think wide and spacious. The human mind can learn and grow each and every day. The brain is deeper than the sea because it can easily store information and it is capable of vast heights. The brain has an enormous imagination and has the capabilitis to accomplish numerous things.

  73. katie says:

    Emily compares the brain to something I’ve never thought of : the sky. Both are complex and taken for granted. It’s said that we use only 10 % of our brains. Maybe thats true for the sky. There’s probably so much more in space astronauts haven’t even thought about looking for. Emily is a prodigy.

  74. jennelyn lopez says:

    it’s really brilliant literary piece of emily dickinnson, i foung it very awesome in a way that a brain can do. like a a wide sky which there is no limit at all. u can free to move, imagine anything or just create imposible things under the heat of the sun..good one…i salute u
    jenny

  75. Fernando says:

    The poem explains Dickison’s view that the brain is even a mistery to her. She says how the human mind has no boundaries like the sky and can contain the whole world. The human mind is like a sponge in which it can “soak up” information quickly. It is deeper than the sea beacuse it has many things yet to be discovered about it. The brain is no different than God because they are and the other, God exists in the mind and God created it.

  76. brian says:

    This is a strong poem about the human race. With foresight to be envied by many a fortune teller, she showes her awe at the vastness of the human mind and it’s capabilities. She says that it’s wider than the sky and that it could enguft it! What Symbolism! The sky is far away and at that time, airplanes where not nearly as common. So, she was saying that the brain is capable of reaching enormous hiegths and overtaking them when it gets there. How is it capable of this? It’s capable of this because it’s deeper than the ocean and can obsorb it like a sponge. The ocean was, at that time, while not as mysterious as in Columbuses time, was still quite mysterious. In some ways, it still is to this day. She’s saying that the human brain can take on the mysterious because it’s mysterious as well. It can learn from itself and other things soaking up knowledge like a sponge and therefore growing and swelling as a sponge does.

  77. Crystal says:

    i agree this poem is amazing,everyone has their own interpretation of it,its absolutely brillant.the brain has such imagination and has the intelligence to realize beyond what it is capable of.

  78. Michelle says:

    How can your brain NOT be wider than the sky??
    There is no comparison, we wonder everyday how historical people have accomplished the successes that are unparallelled from our own — yet we are the “amazing people” that can do anything and are involved in the technology RACE but cannot proceed to continue with social interaction without connecting to the WEIRDOS (computer people – no insults given – sex driven people – all insults given
    those people who are not able to function in this days social and economic standard just went off on a tangin)
    BUT why can’t it be wider than the sky — and how would you ever know??

  79. jessica ishii says:

    its good really good and keep up your good work

  80. Amanda says:

    In the poem “The brain is wider than the sky,” Emily Dickinson is compairing the brain to the sky and ocean and how the brain is like God. How is the brain wider than the sky and deeper than sea? Also how is the brain like God?

  81. Amy Warshaw says:

    This poem is absolutely amazing…I read it over and over and sit and gaze at how brilliant she was for finding such remarkable words to explain this. It shows her compassion and love and FAITH in people, even though she could not and did not deal with them. She is absolutely brilliant as a poet and this poem just reassures me of her brilliance!

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