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Emily Dickinson

(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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  • Rookie - 7 Points 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.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (12/7/2011 11:54:00 AM)

    Let those who would carp at a very fine poem do so. There's much to praise in Dickinson's neat and concise little poem. If only some of the coomments posted on this site were half as concise and near as neat, we could praise circumference without relief! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 356 Points Juan Olivarez (12/7/2011 8:29:00 AM)

    Straw says he likes Dickinson, yet in another review he called her 'insane.' And what is wrong with a theological poem? Obviously if you disregard all poems because of this quality you will eliminate most of the worlds great work. My conclusion, Straw gas no idea what he is doing or says. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (12/7/2009 7:08:00 AM)

    I like Dickinson, yet this is such a 'theological' poem that I simply cannot enjoy it. My view is that a poem which exists in order to celebrate or put forward ideas is secondary poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Adam Sobh (4/15/2009 2:03:00 PM)

    I'm doing a project on Emily Dickinson for my 11th grade American Literature class, and i need to find a poem by Miss Emily Dickinson and then analyze it, i chose this poem, but i don't really understand it, so if anybody could please explain it to me and help me to better understand it, i would be extremely grateful. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,453 Points Is It Poetry (12/7/2008 9:14:00 AM)

    Never in life did I see
    windows such bleakness
    and the thought of you.

    People and pills in your day
    different in mine of past
    would have made me other
    than what I am.

    Diminished as I lay there
    with you after all
    would I still be in the ground
    with you in the end. (Report) Reply

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