Emily Dickinson

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

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"Faith" is a fine invention


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"Faith" is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see—
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Freshman - 1,204 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/1/2014 5:59:00 AM)

    I feel that the poetess leaves it open for the reader to think and make his or her own judgement in terms of his or her beliefs. one doesn't have to worry very much about what is obvious. On he other hand, prudence is a must with things not so obvious and hard to understand. Poem has a deep meaning. I like it and appreciate poetess's brevity as well as cleverness to put it in few words. Great poetess. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,499 Points Arun K (1/18/2014 9:28:00 AM)

    I think this is about how people trust in traditional methods of cure based largely in trust rather than modern medicine. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,499 Points Arun K (1/18/2014 9:27:00 AM)

    This seems to be about how people trust in traditional methods of cure instead of modern medicine. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,495 Points * Sunprincess * (1/6/2014 9:14:00 PM)

    ............when gentlemen can see faith is a fine invention...
    ............in an emergency microscopes are prudent...
    .................I believe she means people only believe what they see...
    ....................so microscopes are necessary for proving what is unseen.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 328 Points Andrew Newman (10/22/2013 3:14:00 PM)

    She calls faith and invention and then compares it to a Microscope, and how usless both are in tough times (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Majed Fox (9/29/2013 7:03:00 PM)

    Faith is a fine invention
    When Gentlemen can see—
    But Microscopes are prudent
    In an Emergency. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Barucn Atta (7/26/2013 9:28:00 AM)

    Emily capitalizes her Metaphors. Metaphors be with you.
    Baruch Atta, Baltimore (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Alex Smith (2/25/2013 3:35:00 PM)

    This is an anti religious poem. She is calling faith an 'invention' i.e. something made up by people - a technology. In particular, it is an invention used by 'Gentlemen' or the establishment support their version of the 'truth'.

    While religion may be a useful 'tool', if you actually want to find the truth of something, especially if its important, then science / actual observation is required. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Penny Qian (8/5/2012 8:40:00 AM)

    Faith is a fine invention, the man who is gentle can see it while the one who is a logic machine can not see it.... it is a invention, fine, to test people's attitudes In an emergency. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Penny Qian (8/5/2012 8:38:00 AM)

    Faith is a fine invention, the man who is gentle can see it while the one who is a logic machine can not see it.... it is a invention, fine, to test people's attitudes In an emergency. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Karen Sinclair (8/1/2012 4:02:00 AM)

    I think this young (then) lady was just exceptional and i only wish id read her works earlier than today as my first day... this is just so suggestive in my eyes...she appears to be knocking religion as as she suggests using a microscope but why? oh why is faith written as a spoken word in speech brackets? could it be to suggest a female of consequence, even competition to Emily herself? a young lady flitting around smiling and gregarious, whom emily did not trust or like, maybe a young man she liked was distracted by 'Faith'

    or even is it that she feels Faith is as a young woman to distract young mens thoughts...not sure just my reaction....
    oh emily you do make me smile...tyvm (Report) Reply

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