The Brain – nothing compares to a classic science inspired poem #poem #quote #EmilyDickinson

Science has informed poetry for a long time.  Here is one of my favorites by Emily Dickinson.

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There are many biographies and collections of Dickinson’s poems and letters available.

I love the image of “hefting” a brain… or hefting God.

The Brain – is wider than the Sky –
For – put them side by side –
The one the other will contain
With ease – and you – beside –

The Brain in deeper than the sea –
For – hold them – Blue to Blue –
The one the other will absorb –
As Sponges – Buckets – do.

The Brain is just the weight of God –
For – Heft them – Pound for Pound –
And they will differ – if they do –
As Syllable from Sound –

Dickinson is an important American poet.  She was mostly unpublished during her 19th century lifetime, and her work does not fit neatly into any particular genre.  She was known for her unconventional capitalization and punctuation, as this poem shows.  Although she often used near-rhymes (also called slant rhymes or half-rhymes.) The Brain rhymes quite well.

Kate Rauner and science inspired poetry

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Alas! I’m no Emily Dickenson, but all my books, including collections of my science-inspired poetry, are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other major online retailers. You’ll also find paperbacks at Create Space and all major digital formats at Smashwords. Read one today.


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