Treasure Island

Emily Dickinson

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

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"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!


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"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!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Joseph Poewhit (8/1/2010 6:23:00 AM)

    The Kingdom of God is within a person. In matters of time and space, you are in a heaven or a hell now, occupying a space in the whole universe. (Report) Reply

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