Emily Dickinson

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

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


"Faith" is a fine invention
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  • 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
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  • (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

  • (9/29/2013 7:03:00 PM)

    Faith is a fine invention
    When Gentlemen can see—
    But Microscopes are prudent
    In an Emergency.
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  • (7/26/2013 9:28:00 AM)

    Emily capitalizes her Metaphors. Metaphors be with you.
    Baruch Atta, Baltimore
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    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/1/2016 2:27:00 PM)

    Yes, the metaphor is strong with this one :)

  • (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.
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  • (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

  • (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

  • (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
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  • (5/5/2012 11:58:00 PM)

    You know this lady just writes poems in manner such that she would live you wondering and thinking all by yourself, her writes are very specific and interesting, well most of them ofcoz

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  • (1/10/2012 8:59:00 PM)

    faith is a tool much like a microscope... (Report) Reply

  • (12/31/2011 10:38:00 PM)

    Love, love, Ms. Emily,
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  • (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

  • (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

  • (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!
    ashish dimri
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  • (2/24/2009 7:51:00 PM)

    please replie to this what can i include in my poems to make them better? (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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

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