Emily Dickinson

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

"Faith" Is A Fine Invention - Poem by Emily Dickinson


"Faith" is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see—
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.

Form: Epigram

Comments about "Faith" Is A Fine Invention by Emily Dickinson

  • (11/26/2018 3:39:00 AM)

    Short, but true. I like poems. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/26/2018 3:39:00 AM)

    who knows am i posting or not? (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2018 3:38:00 AM)

    mm it kid of is too short, but i truly agree with this person (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2018 3:38:00 AM)

    This poem may be short, but it is really good, I think. I always loved poems, you know. (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2018 6:17:00 AM)

    Emily distinguishes between spiritual and material reality. Both are valid domains, faith navigates the spiritual, but issues involvin the material world require material actions for success. (Report) Reply

  • (7/11/2018 4:44:00 AM)

    The first line of this very short poem is quite interesting. Emily Dickinson can be brief and right to the point (Report) Reply

  • Frederick Kesner (3/28/2018 7:39:00 PM)

    Very entertaining rhyme by the celebrated poet ‘laureatte’ possessed of depth and insight, the shallowness of reality to most. So fine the balance of faith and works, and many fail to grasp. Hence the quote marks. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (3/28/2018 4:33:00 PM)

    A beautifully crafted poem by the famous poet.
    Thanks for the sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/28/2018 1:14:00 PM)

    Prudent! ! Faith and hope. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (3/28/2018 8:38:00 AM)

    not the first time i've read this poem by emily. i wonder what the subtext or backstory was for it. i also wonder if she only saw faith as an invention. my wondering aside, it seems to me this poem speaks to the artificial divide some people put between religion and science. and always always i appreciate her brevity and wit. -gk (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 7:15:00 AM)

    tongue in cheek. when we can see clearly, we say let us follow faith. when we can't see, we discard faith and go for test reports. we tell - have faith in God, he will take care of us during bad times. But still we try to amass wealth -just to provide for bad times! Faith is a convenient weapon, to brandish! we have double standards. very precisely brought out by the great master! (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/28/2018 6:22:00 AM)

    This is really a beautiful poem on faith having intense invention. (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2018 4:31:00 AM)

    The microscopic test of faith as and when so invented by mankind needs to be examined prudently in an emergency though it's human nature to feel and with an eye to see faith as which is at once broad and microscopic........as the conception and opinion of religion is quite different with Emily Dickinson than what we see in general........a master piece by a master poetess (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/28/2018 1:12:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Emily Dickinson👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Henry Tong (1/24/2018 6:48:00 AM)

    This short but profound poem is basically a call from an oppressed woman who docilely obeys the world order but expresses contempt of man-ruling world. (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2018 8:42:00 AM)

    oo realy very nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (11/28/2017 5:26:00 PM)

    Very short yet powerful depth of understanding. (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2017 11:50:00 PM)

    I think i read this poem simpler. It to me contrasts and places faith as a luxury when circumstances allow, while a microscopes (a stand-in for practical knowledge) is necessary when the circumstances are pressing. This is possibly a reaction to Emily Dickinson's experience of religious teaching of her time. Her sense of God and divine did not conform to the constricts and prattling of her time, and certainly we see similar stuff today. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (2/21/2017 11:29:00 PM)

    If faith be an invention and not a natural trait....then it should be cautious like the prudent microscope in an emergency....a truth expressed in a witty way (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (2/16/2017 10:49:00 AM)

    As fine as an invention that
    will be.Be as I am.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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