He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow —

He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow —
The Broad are too broad to define
And of “Truth” until it proclaimed him a Liar —
The Truth never flaunted a Sign —

Simplicity fled from his counterfeit presence
As Gold the Pyrites would shun —
What confusion would cover the innocent Jesus
To meet so enabled a Man!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem He preached upon “Breadth” till it argued him narrow —

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  1. Angela Woodard says:

    The “HE” in this poem is obviously JESUS HIMSELF. HIS teaching had great breadth to it, but HIS teaching revealed that Truth is really narrow. “The way is narrow that leads to life but broad is the way that leads to destruction” (Matthew 7:13-14). Those who are insistent about the broad way continue to the point of calling the person of “Truth” a liar. The Truth did not flaunt who HE really was. HIS simplicity caused those who could not understand to flee from HIS presence. The fool shuns the real thing just as one is satisfied with Pyrite instead of the treasure of real gold. The innnocence of JESUS confuses those who cannot comprehend the GOD MAN HE truly is.

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