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

    i love u Emily Dickinson.

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

    simple wonderful write by imagery

  • 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.

  • Ramesh T A (8/1/2010 4:15:00 PM)

    Oldest story is said in a three stanza poem well!

  • 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.

  • Papermoon Woods (10/6/2009 10:43:00 PM)

    I love this poem! :)

  • Milica Franchi De Luri (8/1/2009 6:39:00 PM)

    She had found haven here on earth - the apple hanging on the tree, the cruising of the cloud, the land behind the hill was her paradise, and i think she believed the religion or god rejected her, she wasn't haven material........

  • Tsira Goge (8/1/2009 1:32:00 PM)

    The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
    The interdicted Land—
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    I love this poem as itself Emily... its Heavens so unachieved but such native for her...

  • Mo. (8/1/2009 10:30:00 AM)

    'Heaven'—is what I cannot reach!

    This is both a true and sad heartfelt statement.
    (but this may not be what she meant :)

    'And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.'
    John 6: 65 (2 Tim 1: 9)

    'I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.'
    John 17: 9 (John 15: 16)

    'Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.'
    Acts 4: 12

  • R. Manoj Mohan (8/1/2009 10:15:00 AM)

    Dashes...that's her point!

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