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(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

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A Coffin—is a Small Domain

A Coffin—is a small Domain,
Yet able to contain
A Citizen of Paradise
In it diminished Plane.

A Grave—is a restricted Breadth—
Yet ampler than the Sun—
And all the Seas He populates
And Lands He looks upon

To Him who on its small Repose
Bestows a single Friend—
Circumference without Relief—
Or Estimate—or End—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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  • * Sunprincess * (3/29/2014 8:51:00 PM)

    .......nicely written and so true....enjoyed...

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  • Valentin Savin (12/9/2013 12:32:00 PM)

    Something incredible. Such imagination and what a way of thinking.

  • Skywee Gh (12/7/2013 5:14:00 PM)


  • Savita Tyagi (12/7/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful. Love her style.

  • Ebuka Prince Okoroafor (12/7/2013 12:58:00 AM)

    Dickson is one of the finest poets of her own times.have you noticed how short some of her poems seem to be yet with a very deep meaning? I enjoy her poetry because of its simplicity..

  • Paul Anthony (12/7/2012 7:24:00 PM)

    A simple poignant poem, beautiful. Deeper than it seems

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (12/7/2012 12:17:00 PM)

    A coffin is a last traveled car where soul could not exist...

  • Paul Brookes (12/7/2012 3:36:00 AM)

    I love this poem. I didn't used to like Dickinson I used to think she was deranged but have com to appreciate her wry sense of the world.

  • Smoky Hoss (12/14/2011 7:58:00 AM)

    It is simply a beautiful poem.

  • Ramesh T A (12/7/2011 4:55:00 PM)

    A Coffin is as small as just END!

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