Emily Dickinson

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

A Coffin—is A Small Domain - Poem by Emily Dickinson

A Coffin—is a small Domain,
Yet able to contain
A Citizen of Paradise
In it diminished Plane.

A Grave—is a restricted Breadth—
Yet ampler than the Sun—
And all the Seas He populates
And Lands He looks upon

To Him who on its small Repose
Bestows a single Friend—
Circumference without Relief—
Or Estimate—or End—


Comments about A Coffin—is A Small Domain by Emily Dickinson

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/10/2016 2:06:00 AM)


    Beautiful comparison on coffin and grave has been done. The last stanza is most meaningful... To Him who on its small Repose
    Bestows a single Friend—
    Circumference without Relief—
    Or Estimate—or End—
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/10/2016 1:58:00 AM)

    Profound
    Grave ~ a passage to another world......beyond time and beyond life. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/10/2016 1:07:00 AM)


    One of the best poems of all time............ (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (10/17/2016 1:19:00 AM)


    Circumference without Relief—
    Or Estimate—or End—...yes this is very true...no relief, no estimate, no end for that circumference around that corpse...your way to look at things is amazingly different Emily
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  • Indira Renganathan (10/17/2016 1:17:00 AM)


    Circumference without Relief—
    Or Estimate—or End—...yes this is very true...no relief, no estimate, no end for that circumference around that corpse...your way to look at things is amazingly different Emily

    different
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  • Lyn Paul (12/7/2014 10:49:00 PM)


    A citizen of paradise...... Such a beautiful line (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2014 4:58:00 PM)


    Glad to read another of Emily's poem. Her thoughts always seem to descend from the regions beyond our imagination. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2014 12:29:00 PM)


    This is one of the best poems of Emily Dickinson and my favorite.....great imagery and great composition (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (11/28/2014 8:18:00 PM)


    ? bri ;) ...................... (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2014 9:57:00 AM)


    Very interesting perspective. Love it :) (Report) Reply

  • Valentin Savin (12/9/2013 12:32:00 PM)


    Something incredible. Such imagination and what a way of thinking. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2013 5:14:00 PM)


    finest...... (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2013 10:01:00 AM)


    Simply beautiful. Love her style. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2013 12:58:00 AM)


    Dickson is one of the finest poets of her own times.have you noticed how short some of her poems seem to be yet with a very deep meaning? I enjoy her poetry because of its simplicity.. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2012 7:24:00 PM)


    A simple poignant poem, beautiful. Deeper than it seems (Report) Reply

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (12/7/2012 12:17:00 PM)


    A coffin is a last traveled car where soul could not exist... (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (12/7/2012 3:36:00 AM)


    I love this poem. I didn't used to like Dickinson I used to think she was deranged but have com to appreciate her wry sense of the world. (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2011 7:58:00 AM)


    It is simply a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (12/7/2011 4:55:00 PM)


    A Coffin is as small as just END! (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2011 11:54:00 AM)


    Let those who would carp at a very fine poem do so. There's much to praise in Dickinson's neat and concise little poem. If only some of the coomments posted on this site were half as concise and near as neat, we could praise circumference without relief! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 7, 2011


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