Emily Dickinson

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

"Heaven"—Is What I Cannot Reach! - Poem by Emily Dickinson


"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"He aven" is—to Me!

The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
The interdicted Land—
Behind the Hill—the House behind—
There—Paradise—is found!

Her teasing Purples—Afternoons—
The credulous—decoy—
Enamored—of the Conjuror—
That spurned us—Yesterday!

Comments about "Heaven"—Is What I Cannot Reach! by Emily Dickinson

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (10/26/2015 6:12:00 PM)

    The Paradises on earth of which she speaks can be pretty heavenly in an earthly sense but unfortunately they are temporary and prone to tragedy because they are not eternal. Lovely but short-lived. I think perhaps the successful spiritual person can thoroughly enjoy the paradises that can be found on earth while keeping the soul fixed on the lodestone that is Heavenly Paradise. (Report) Reply

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  • Victoria Christina Royaldo (9/16/2015 5:54:00 PM)

    what a wonderful verse by a gifted lady. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/1/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    I do not feel, as some one else does, that the Poetess was that ruthless to trample down a faith. What I see in the poem is a reality in life; ie. what you have in your own palm is the heaven, or even the hell, as it may. What is not possible to reach at, in terms of reality, you are not too sure about it. I admire her way of writing. Excellent metaphors she used. (Report) Reply

  • Abekah Emmanuel Abekah Emmanuel (8/23/2014 6:57:00 PM)

    Though the message isnt clear to me....I still like the style and diction....beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Kody Dibble (5/5/2014 12:37:00 PM)

    This is beautiful... (Report) Reply

  • Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 8:53:00 AM)

    I love the line The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
    I love alliteration! ! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/23/2014 7:20:00 AM)

    A nice poem and heaven the perfect dream place a human being likes and poem pertaining heaven likes. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (3/29/2014 8:13:00 PM)

    .....heaven is something to strive for... (Report) Reply

  • Douglas Scotney (8/1/2013 8:59:00 PM)

    LOVE's part, Joseph Poewhit (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (8/1/2013 9:50:00 AM)

    Love Emily Dickinson and her style! (Report) Reply

  • R.j. Wynn (8/1/2013 7:06:00 AM)

    Heaven was the apple of her eye. How cool is that. (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden Jack Growden (8/1/2013 5:28:00 AM)

    PLEASE READ MY COLLECTION! ! ! I am a young, aspiring poet. Please feel free to rate them and comment your thoughts. Thanks, Jack Growden (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (8/1/2013 5:03:00 AM)

    LOVE is the missing part, so it seems. (Report) Reply

  • C H (5/9/2013 1:54:00 PM)

    Awsome poem Emily you did make it (Report) Reply

  • Syafiqa Syaqireen Azmi Syafiqa Syaqireen Azmi (9/3/2012 6:24:00 AM)

    she has a miraculous way of thinking. i love all her work. (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris Godfrey Morris (8/1/2012 6:45:00 AM)

    I love this poem. One of my favourite from her. (Report) Reply

  • Zeinab Alwady Zeinab Alwady (6/2/2012 1:48:00 AM)

    i love u Emily Dickinson. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar Dr.subhendu Kar (11/4/2011 3:02:00 PM)

    simple wonderful write by imagery (Report) Reply

  • David Sentell (12/22/2010 4:29:00 PM)

    This poem uses the idea of Paradise/Eden at the beginning of Creation, and Eve's choice, which she considers a foolishly sexist story, to show her denial of the religion as a whole.Try reading it out loud using a resentful tone, and the poem begins to make more sense.She isn't lamenting that she can never go to Heaven...she is bitterly stating that the whole concept upon which Christianity is based is foolish, and she will never achieve it, because it is not there to achieve. (Report) Reply

    Mary Elle Ross (12/30/2015 6:49:00 PM)

    Your connection of the apple she describes - using the fascinating adjective hopeless - with the biblical story of the garden of Eden is perceptive, as is your observation that the story creates a long tradition of characterizing women as impulsive and unreliable. However, I think Dickinson's skepticism concerning conventional Christianity is expressed in her assertion of her own alternate perspective rather than explicit anger.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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