Emily Dickinson

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

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!


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"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"He aven" is—to Me!

The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
The interdicted Land—
Behind the Hill—the House behind—
There—Paradise—is found!

Her teasing Purples—Afternoons—
The credulous—decoy—
Enamored—of the Conjuror—
That spurned us—Yesterday!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Gold Star - 6,230 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/1/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    I do not feel, as some one else does, that the Poetess was that ruthless to trample down a faith. What I see in the poem is a reality in life; ie. what you have in your own palm is the heaven, or even the hell, as it may. What is not possible to reach at, in terms of reality, you are not too sure about it. I admire her way of writing. Excellent metaphors she used. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,912 Points Abekah Emmanuel (8/23/2014 6:57:00 PM)

    Though the message isnt clear to me....I still like the style and diction....beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 25 Points Kody Dibble (5/5/2014 12:37:00 PM)

    This is beautiful... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 169 Points Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 8:53:00 AM)

    I love the line The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
    I love alliteration! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,737 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/23/2014 7:20:00 AM)

    A nice poem and heaven the perfect dream place a human being likes and poem pertaining heaven likes. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (3/29/2014 8:13:00 PM)

    .....heaven is something to strive for... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,850 Points Douglas Scotney (8/1/2013 8:59:00 PM)

    LOVE's part, Joseph Poewhit (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,418 Points Savita Tyagi (8/1/2013 9:50:00 AM)

    Love Emily Dickinson and her style! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 208 Points R.j. Wynn (8/1/2013 7:06:00 AM)

    Heaven was the apple of her eye. How cool is that. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 278 Points Jack Growden (8/1/2013 5:28:00 AM)

    PLEASE READ MY COLLECTION! ! ! I am a young, aspiring poet. Please feel free to rate them and comment your thoughts. Thanks, Jack Growden (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Joseph Poewhit (8/1/2013 5:03:00 AM)

    LOVE is the missing part, so it seems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie C H (5/9/2013 1:54:00 PM)

    Awsome poem Emily you did make it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Syafiqa Syaqireen Azmi (9/3/2012 6:24:00 AM)

    she has a miraculous way of thinking. i love all her work. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,511 Points Godfrey Morris (8/1/2012 6:45:00 AM)

    I love this poem. One of my favourite from her. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Zeinab Alwady (6/2/2012 1:48:00 AM)

    i love u Emily Dickinson. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 166 Points Dr.subhendu Kar (11/4/2011 3:02:00 PM)

    simple wonderful write by imagery (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Sentell (12/22/2010 4:29:00 PM)

    This poem uses the idea of Paradise/Eden at the beginning of Creation, and Eve's choice, which she considers a foolishly sexist story, to show her denial of the religion as a whole.Try reading it out loud using a resentful tone, and the poem begins to make more sense.She isn't lamenting that she can never go to Heaven...she is bitterly stating that the whole concept upon which Christianity is based is foolish, and she will never achieve it, because it is not there to achieve. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 585 Points Ramesh T A (8/1/2010 4:15:00 PM)

    Oldest story is said in a three stanza poem well! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Joseph Poewhit (8/1/2010 6:23:00 AM)

    The Kingdom of God is within a person. In matters of time and space, you are in a heaven or a hell now, occupying a space in the whole universe. (Report) Reply

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