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The Brain - is wider than the Sky - by Emily Dickinson


"The Brain - is wider than the Sky -" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. The poet discusses how great the brain is. The brain is wider than the sky, deeper than the sea, and the weight of God. She uses these subjects as a way to discuss the relationship we have with the outside world.

This poem is written as three stanzas with four lines in each. Dickinson steps out of her element and actually perfectly rhymes every second and fourth lines instead of going with her usual imperfect rhyme scheme. However, she still sticks with having the first and third lines longer than the second and fourth.

Johnson number: 632


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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Literary Movement
19th Century

Sky, Sea, God, Nature

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