Emily Dickinson

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

A Coffin—is A Small Domain - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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—

Comments about A Coffin—is A Small Domain by Emily Dickinson

  • Gold Star - 16,826 Points Lyn Paul (12/7/2014 10:49:00 PM)

    A citizen of paradise...... Such a beautiful line (Report) Reply

    7 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Gold Star - 10,488 Points Savita Tyagi (12/7/2014 4:58:00 PM)

    Glad to read another of Emily's poem. Her thoughts always seem to descend from the regions beyond our imagination. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,219 Points Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/7/2014 12:29:00 PM)

    This is one of the best poems of Emily Dickinson and my favorite.....great imagery and great composition (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,743 Points Bri Edwards (11/28/2014 8:18:00 PM)

    ? bri ;) ...................... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 187 Points Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 9:57:00 AM)

    Very interesting perspective. Love it :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 288 Points Valentin Savin (12/9/2013 12:32:00 PM)

    Something incredible. Such imagination and what a way of thinking. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 316 Points Skywee Gh (12/7/2013 5:14:00 PM)

    finest...... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,488 Points Savita Tyagi (12/7/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful. Love her style. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 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 Anthony (12/7/2012 7:24:00 PM)

    A simple poignant poem, beautiful. Deeper than it seems (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,140 Points Musfiq Us Shaleheen (12/7/2012 12:17:00 PM)

    A coffin is a last traveled car where soul could not exist... (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,815 Points 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

  • Silver Star - 3,941 Points Smoky Hoss (12/14/2011 7:58:00 AM)

    It is simply a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,168 Points Ramesh T A (12/7/2011 4:55:00 PM)

    A Coffin is as small as just END! (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 Bodhi U (12/7/2011 8:30:00 AM)

    poem on par with any religious or spiritual verses (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 823 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 Aya Kishiko (9/5/2011 4:33:00 AM)

    There's a pattern in all of her poetry.. ^_^..pfufufu.nice da ta (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kris Kwame Attapappoe (12/7/2009 10:34:00 AM)

    Sums up a lot, does; nt it? awesome and yet very melancholic. (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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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