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

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

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

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  • Savita Tyagi (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

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

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

  • Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 9:57:00 AM)

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

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

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

  • Skywee Gh (12/7/2013 5:14:00 PM)

    finest...... (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (12/7/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful. Love her style. (Report) Reply

  • Ebuka Prince Okoroafor (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

  • Paul Anthony (12/7/2012 7:24:00 PM)

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

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen 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 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

  • Smoky Hoss (12/14/2011 7:58:00 AM)

    It is simply a beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (12/7/2011 4:55:00 PM)

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

  • Michael Pruchnicki (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

  • Bodhi U (12/7/2011 8:30:00 AM)

    poem on par with any religious or spiritual verses (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (12/7/2011 8:29:00 AM)

    Straw says he likes Dickinson, yet in another review he called her 'insane.' And what is wrong with a theological poem? Obviously if you disregard all poems because of this quality you will eliminate most of the worlds great work. My conclusion, Straw gas no idea what he is doing or says. (Report) Reply

  • Aya Kishiko (9/5/2011 4:33:00 AM)

    There's a pattern in all of her poetry.. ^_^..pfufufu.nice da ta (Report) Reply

  • Kris Kwame Attapappoe (12/7/2009 10:34:00 AM)

    Sums up a lot, does; nt it? awesome and yet very melancholic. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw Kevin Straw (12/7/2009 7:08:00 AM)

    I like Dickinson, yet this is such a 'theological' poem that I simply cannot enjoy it. My view is that a poem which exists in order to celebrate or put forward ideas is secondary poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 7, 2011


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