Emily Dickinson

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

"Faith" Is A Fine Invention - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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

Form: Epigram


Comments about "Faith" Is A Fine Invention by Emily Dickinson

  • Rookie Emylee Hubbard (5/29/2015 8:50:00 PM)

    Simple yet elegant👌 (Report) Reply

    1 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Gold Star - 4,541 Points John Richter (2/6/2015 11:33:00 AM)

    Age old argument for science to prevail! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 452 Points Karan Pratap Singh (1/12/2015 12:04:00 PM)

    A good poem indeed by Emily. I really find it flawless. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Carl Wilde (9/14/2014 3:57:00 AM)

    The poem challenges men, to be more open minded! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,036 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

  • Silver Star - 4,238 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 2:03:00 PM)

    Short and straight to th point (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 8:52:00 AM)

    Science and religion... prevalent issue. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ravindran Govindaraju (2/22/2014 6:21:00 AM)

    Action is more divine than prayers make.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,479 Points Is It Poetry (2/12/2014 12:56:00 PM)

    The difference
    between
    faith and science
    is clear....iip (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,479 Points Is It Poetry (2/12/2014 12:56:00 PM)

    The difference
    between
    faith and science
    is clear....iip (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Gold Star - 23,446 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,014 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/26/2013 6:16:00 AM)

    When times are real bad
    We need technology and faith
    Instead of feeling helpless and sad
    Make use of both and patiently wait (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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 - 130 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 - 5 Points Barucn Atta (7/26/2013 9:28:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie 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 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 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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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