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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
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  • Judy Zirt (2/8/2011 2:45:00 PM)

    Faith is believing in something you can't see. When it really matters though (an emergency) it is very difficult to go on faith alone. 'Microscopes are prudent...' we need to see it in order to believe it. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Muzzammil (12/13/2010 8:00:00 PM)

    Of course. Faith is a nice concept of seeing and it can see through it that we can't through miracoscopes. (Report) Reply

  • Bill Lipsey (9/10/2010 2:25:00 PM)

    I have always believed that Emily was taking a polite, but firm, jab at the Calvinists of her time. Don't forget she was a woman, in love. (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (7/28/2009 10:51:00 AM)

    Faith is a fine concept so long as it supports life, so long as life remains peaceful with it, but when testing time comes, we are thrown out of board. This is the usual situation. When she says that Microscopes are prudent in an emergency, she means that logical reasoning is a better tool in times when we are doubtful of our own faith. Faith cannot be logically concluded and so we may miss the truth. According to her, Faith is a fine invention of man and not a natural aspect of human heart. In other words she indirectly says that faith is something that is enforced by church or something of that kind and nothing else. It is not the natural way of heart. Only logical reasoning can save this world. A good idea. (Report) Reply

  • Adam Sobh (4/10/2009 11:49:00 AM)

    I'm doing a project on Emily Dickinson for my 11th grade American Literature class, and i need to find a poem by Miss Emily Dickinson and then analyze it, i chose this poem, but i don't really understand it, so if anybody could please explain it to me and help me to better understand it, i would be extremely grateful. (Report) Reply

  • Ashish Dimri (3/8/2009 1:02:00 AM)

    Dear Poem hunter,
    Emily is a natural poet.
    As her biography explains, she hardly paid attention to grammar but content or poetic flow!
    yours,
    ashish dimri
    India (Report) Reply

  • Ismael Rivera (7/16/2008 2:24:00 PM)

    Faith is good, when people don't need to analyze, when they want to take the world for what they understand, but when there is an actual need, where an action must be taken, an emergency for example, just plain sight(faith) won't be of as much help as a microscope(logic) , so therefore if you rely on 'Faith' to heal a bleeding wound, or broken bone, you'd be in bad shape, faith is good, but not when there is need. (Report) Reply

  • , aryaindia (7/15/2008 5:39:00 AM)

    I am mystified by this keen observation and its fullest understanding is when you realize the greatness of the thought behind those few lines. It declares that certain things have to be analyzed logically and faith is only a part. Just so wise and prudent. (Report) Reply

  • Rakeem 'Voice in Poetry' Person (6/3/2008 9:46:00 PM)

    this is so true. when it comes to 'right now' knowledge ppl depend more on science but when things look promising they leave it to faith. The key is to have faith 'in an emergency'. (Report) Reply

  • Edgar Eslit (8/24/2007 9:29:00 PM)

    Well, Albert Einstein has a fine line on science and religion when he said “religion without science is blind, science without religion is deaf” or words to that effect which are being immortalized by Emily Dickinson in her “Faith is a fine invention' poem. Certainly, poets have a unique way of expressing their own perspective on the things they feel and see. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/25/2006 2:27:00 PM)

    Interesting statement on the conflict between church and science... which is eternally ongoing. (Report) Reply

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