A Coffin—is A Small Domain Poem by Emily Dickinson

A Coffin—is A Small Domain

Rating: 3.1

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—

Michael Pruchnicki 07 December 2011

Let those who would carp at a very fine poem do so. There's much to praise in Dickinson's neat and concise little poem. If only some of the coomments posted on this site were half as concise and near as neat, we could praise circumference without relief!

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Kevin Straw 07 December 2009

I like Dickinson, yet this is such a 'theological' poem that I simply cannot enjoy it. My view is that a poem which exists in order to celebrate or put forward ideas is secondary poetry.

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Juan Olivarez 07 December 2011

Straw says he likes Dickinson, yet in another review he called her 'insane.' And what is wrong with a theological poem? Obviously if you disregard all poems because of this quality you will eliminate most of the worlds great work. My conclusion, Straw gas no idea what he is doing or says.

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Smoky Hoss 14 December 2011

It is simply a beautiful poem.

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Ramesh T A 07 December 2011

A Coffin is as small as just END!

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will proud 11 September 2022

ned mor wods

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? ? ? 10 March 2022

The guy in the coffin will go to heaven

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? ? ? 10 March 2022

Emily Dickinson is just saying this dude is dead but it's ok...

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 20 April 2021

A very perceptive write so brilliantly crafted.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 21 November 2020

A Coffin—is a small Domain, Yet able to contain A Citizen of Paradise...A grave is identified through emotional perception. This poem is very brilliantly and excellently penned.

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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

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