Emily Dickinson

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

Houses—so The Wise Men Tell Me— - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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"Houses"—so the Wise Men tell me—
"Mansions"! Mansions must be warm!
Mansions cannot let the tears in,
Mansions must exclude the storm!

"Many Mansions," by "his Father,"
I don't know him; snugly built!
Could the Children find the way there—
Some, would even trudge tonight!


Comments about Houses—so The Wise Men Tell Me— by Emily Dickinson

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/25/2016 11:59:00 PM)


    These houses and mansions are dwelling place and only peace can make it a better living place. (Report) Reply

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  • Ernest Makuakua (12/19/2015 12:53:00 AM)


    Many Mansions, by his Father,
    I don't know him; snugly built!
    Could the Children find the way there—
    Some, would even trudge tonight

    BEAUTIFUL PIECE
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  • (6/28/2015 2:59:00 AM)


    houses are for shelter, protection, but it is not just houses she proposes but mansions. warm, a haven. the next stanza slides into that thought - houses as haven then places in heaven. strong, cozy abodes. Many mansions, in quotes: these are concepts alien to the narrator/poet as are his Father, right - biblical passages referring to heaven; she takes pains to emphasize this. yet inspite of this estrangement, she thinks Children, souls, would want to go there, quickly - tonight! The trip is to an uncertain place, something she does not really believe in on a certain level. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/18/2015 2:39:00 AM)


    A ever slight pour of the ethereal, here (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2014 7:23:00 AM)


    Another fascinating puzzle. The first four lines describe what a mansion is.

    Line 5 is a reference to a Biblical passage; in my Father's house there are many mansions

    Line 6a I do not know him Is she saying that she is not a christian? A very bold statement for someone in Victorian America.

    Lines 7&8
    Could the Children find the way there—
    Some, would even trudge tonight!
    If we really believe in heaven we should commit suicide?

    How very odd a thought for sweet Emily
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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