Emily Dickinson

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

A Coffin—is A Small Domain - Poem by Emily Dickinson

A Coffin—is a small Domain,
Yet able to contain
A Citizen of Paradise
In it diminished Plane.

A Grave—is a restricted Breadth—
Yet ampler than the Sun—
And all the Seas He populates
And Lands He looks upon

To Him who on its small Repose
Bestows a single Friend—
Circumference without Relief—
Or Estimate—or End—


Comments about A Coffin—is A Small Domain by Emily Dickinson

  • Hassan Hayati (4/5/2018 1:23:00 AM)

    I am a non native English speaker,
    Yet this poem resembles a very fluent Persian poem
    this is the skill, the sense and the Delicacy,
    this is the Art.
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  • Terry Craddock (12/10/2016 7:47:00 PM)

    this is a brilliant poem, Emily at her best is ever a wondrous delight, I love how the beauty of the first stanza end line themes run into the concepts Domain contain Paradise Plane, then with finality is further confined at the begining of the second stanza with the death nail line 'A Grave —is a restricted Breadth—', before immediately expanding again with death being 'Yet ampler than the sun—'. Yes the sun populates all Seas and Lands, and after Emily reminds us that vast spaces death encloses, she finishes in a final stana with death confined to a personal level of suffering without relief or relent, a friend confined in death is confined without end. A brilliant poem 10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • (12/10/2016 4:18:00 PM)

    Very enlightening. I came into this poem not sure what I would get, but loved the way the poet
    gives us ideas about the last abode of man.
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  • Mizzy ........ (12/10/2016 2:58:00 PM)

    Pure genius......Brilliant! (Report)Reply

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  • Spock The Vegan (12/10/2016 9:49:00 AM)

    I don't get it. Judging by others comments, they don't either. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/10/2016 8:57:00 AM)

    A great poem of human misery and end. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/10/2016 2:06:00 AM)

    Beautiful comparison on coffin and grave has been done. The last stanza is most meaningful... To Him who on its small Repose
    Bestows a single Friend—
    Circumference without Relief—
    Or Estimate—or End—
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/10/2016 1:58:00 AM)

    Grave ~ a passage to another world......beyond time and beyond life. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/10/2016 1:07:00 AM)

    One of the best poems of all time............ (Report)Reply

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  • Indira Renganathan (10/17/2016 1:19:00 AM)

    Circumference without Relief—
    Or Estimate—or End—...yes this is very true...no relief, no estimate, no end for that circumference around that corpse...your way to look at things is amazingly different Emily
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  • Indira Renganathan (10/17/2016 1:17:00 AM)

    Circumference without Relief—
    Or Estimate—or End—...yes this is very true...no relief, no estimate, no end for that circumference around that corpse...your way to look at things is amazingly different Emily

    different
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  • Lyn Paul (12/7/2014 10:49:00 PM)

    A citizen of paradise...... Such a beautiful line (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (12/7/2014 4:58:00 PM)

    Glad to read another of Emily's poem. Her thoughts always seem to descend from the regions beyond our imagination. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/7/2014 12:29:00 PM)

    This is one of the best poems of Emily Dickinson and my favorite.....great imagery and great composition (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (11/28/2014 8:18:00 PM)

    ? bri ;) ...................... (Report)Reply

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  • (5/3/2014 9:57:00 AM)

    Very interesting perspective. Love it :) (Report)Reply

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  • Valentin Savin (12/9/2013 12:32:00 PM)

    Something incredible. Such imagination and what a way of thinking. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/7/2013 5:14:00 PM)

    finest...... (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (12/7/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful. Love her style. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/7/2013 12:58:00 AM)

    Dickson is one of the finest poets of her own times.have you noticed how short some of her poems seem to be yet with a very deep meaning? I enjoy her poetry because of its simplicity.. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 7, 2011


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