The Brain #poem #quote Emily Dickinson

Science has informed poetry for a long time.  Here is one of my favorites. emily dickinson I love the image of “hefting” a brain or God.  There are many biographies and collections of Dickinson’s poems and letters available.  —  Kate

The Brain – is wider than the Sky –
By Emily Dickinson

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 one of the most important American poets.  She was mostly unpublished during her 19th century lifetime, and her work does not fit neatly into any particular genre.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.]

rr-3-coversAlas! 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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