Treasure Island

Emily Dickinson

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

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"Heaven" has different Signs—to me


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"Heaven" has different Signs—to me—
Sometimes, I think that Noon
Is but a symbol of the Place—
And when again, at Dawn,

A mighty look runs round the World
And settles in the Hills—
An Awe if it should be like that
Upon the Ignorance steals—

The Orchard, when the Sun is on—
The Triumph of the Birds
When they together Victory make—
Some Carnivals of Clouds—

The Rapture of a finished Day—
Returning to the West—
All these—remind us of the place
That Men call "paradise"—

Itself be fairer—we suppose—
But how Ourself, shall be
Adorned, for a Superior Grace—
Not yet, our eyes can see—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Ray Quesada (8/18/2014 6:43:00 PM)

    Dickinson seems to me to be trying to convey the spiritual, eternal side of nature. (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (7/8/2014 10:49:00 AM)

    Heaven heaven heaven
    I search from dusk to dawn
    Find dawn as one
    Find noon as another
    Find dusk as a rapture...........no end of Nature's beauty in her conception
    Oh Emily you are as wonderful as heaven.............. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/8/2014 9:45:00 AM)

    Getting such a beautiful chance to read the great poet's poem here I express my happiness and it is felt that the poem is unique in style and theme of heaven as the reflections of other poems of her.Her famous poem if my memory is correct I am no body who are you Are you Nobody too..... have attracted the readers. The most amazing lines How Public - like a frog......... like lines are also beautiful. Here the poem is a beautiful one. (Report) Reply

  • Kasey Jessie (5/8/2014 10:14:00 PM)

    she wrote so many beautiful poems. she was amazing. it is a shame her best work was not released till after her unfortunate death. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/21/2013 10:59:00 AM)

    Heaven is a cut and paste job
    Of this good old earth of ours
    It is we who made a hell of it
    And now looking for life on Mars

    (Excellent piece by a Emily D in her typical style) (Report) Reply

  • Ravindran Govindaraju (9/12/2013 4:50:00 AM)

    all in our parody, heaven is, if obverse of hell, why both are not with in us.
    if orient brings mystery, west brings mirth. (Report) Reply

  • Hn Pande (7/8/2013 1:19:00 AM)

    most of the people are born here, they stay here and similarly wear off the planet.with their reminiscences.
    and regret for a un done cause that is to sight a heaven in dreams rather realise their shut eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (7/8/2012 5:11:00 AM)

    Heaven is right here right now, whilst we are lucky enough to relish nature.....a wonderful ode... (Report) Reply

  • Bryce Edward Coast (7/8/2010 10:39:00 AM)

    The beautiful side of mother nature~of what our eyes see here on Earth~ are but semblances of a place we can only imagine~Heaven (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (7/8/2010 8:43:00 AM)

    Lovely poem about heaven on Earth is wonderfully written for the reading pleasure of all! (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir (7/8/2010 5:22:00 AM)

    clearly Emily holds creation in awe... she is mesmerised by the mundane and ordinary yet beautiful
    she sees signs of a reincarnation at a different level, in day to day happenings
    she speaks of the presence of GOD or the ultimate being...and the meaning of loife and death on a deeper level..
    the poem is so fluid and charming.... in simplicity it is unmatched, so is the content...
    a culmination of poetic discourse, i d say
    abso amazing

    cheers to her... a celebrated poetess par excellence

    sat (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (7/8/2010 3:48:00 AM)

    i guess she's trying to describe heaven to things
    availble to us and has a reservation of something
    we haven't seen. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (7/8/2010 12:27:00 AM)

    Dickinson, presented the infinite creation of GOD, in few words. Creator of the sun and dust speck earth. Giving rein to a future of uncountable beauty, in a higher realm of GODS abounding future. (Report) Reply

  • Dana Pienica (2/26/2010 3:56:00 PM)

    Maybe she means that the world she is leaving here right now is already heaven to her and she sees examples of that in all the every day things, the simple things like the morning and the noon. perhaps heaven to her is being alive? (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (7/8/2009 2:00:00 PM)

    Confusion abounds when a reader decides that he has comprehended the 'message' of a poem, as some have done today! 'An inferior picture of Heaven' does not seem to me to be relevant in any way to HEAVEN HAS DIFFERENT SIGNS - TO ME by the spinster of Amherst, Emily Dickinson! Perhaps her terse and aphoristic style confuses those who hanker after simpler verse designed for logical thinkers, I don't know, but the very terseness appeals to some who understand the tentative nature of the poet's love of nature. Emily never thought that she understood the beatific vision in all its splendor as the poem makes clear. A 'sign' is a signal, a brief glimpse of what other men call by the name of 'paradise'! We by our very nature can only take delight in those 'signs' - the sunny orchard, the chirping singing birds, clouds like carnivals that delight the innocent viewer - we can see but darkly the spendor of creation! (Report) Reply

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