Emily Dickinson

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

"Faith" Is A Fine Invention

Poem by Emily Dickinson

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"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

  • Milos Jovanka (3/28/2020 4:40:00 PM)

    As an Atheist, I concur with this sentiment, thought unlike Miss Dickinson, I think faith is a poor invention.(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (3/28/2020 4:11:00 PM)

    A superb poem with a social moral message by the great Emily Dickinson.
    A well chosen poem of the day and worthy of it too.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (3/28/2020 7:21:00 AM)

    A beautiful short poem you feel like reading again and again.(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (3/28/2020 6:16:00 AM)

    The faith Emily refers can be the fidelty6 or sincerity. But on a microscopic analysysit may be found otherwie(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (3/28/2020 6:10:00 AM)

    Thought of as an eccentric by the locals, she became known for her penchant for white clothing and her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, even leave her room. Most of her friendships were therefore carried out by correspondence. I cite here Dr. Tony's comment: Criticizing faith is not good. the more we are educated the more we depend on God. Fully agree. Thank you Dr. Tony.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/28/2020 3:46:00 AM)

    Criticizing faith is not good. the more we are educated the more we depend on God.(Report)Reply

    Milos Jovanka(3/28/2020 4:46:00 PM)

    There is no god Tony, never was never will be, man created him, now we know longer need a lie.

    Milos Jovanka(3/28/2020 4:43:00 PM)

    Im sorry but this is a load of rubbish, God is Santa Clause for growing ups, the more education, is the realization we don't need a god for this world, only ourselves.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (3/28/2020 3:22:00 AM)

    Very timely and appropriate poem in the times of COVID 19.
    Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Ric BastasaRic Bastasa (3/28/2020 12:48:00 AM)

    '" Faith" is a fine invention' is about Dickinson's views on religion. She uses the word " see" to mean believing in God. The word " Microscopes" refers to science in general. She is stating that there should be a balance between religion and science in our lives.(Report)Reply

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  • Sanjibsaha AniketaSanjibsaha Aniketa (12/19/2019 11:47:00 PM)

    Faith" is a fine invention
    When Gentlemen can see...a true believe.(Report)Reply

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  • Danie (12/9/2019 7:46:00 AM)

    And yet faith in science is now most demanded(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/11/2019 4:17:00 AM)

    Faith
    Microscopes are prudent
    In an Emergency...............great intellectual writings


    great 10+++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (6/19/2019 11:41:00 PM)

    Very wittily put in a four-liner.
    One sees what to others defies,
    the other, what is beyond eyes.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/18/2019 11:53:00 AM)

    A profound yet intriguing four liner narrating the limitations faced by faith.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/18/2019 11:34:00 AM)

    When Gentlemen Can See! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (6/18/2019 7:55:00 AM)

    Faith goes beyond seeing and thinking! For this very reason one has difficulty to convince others of this fine invention. Very skillfully Emily has put two contradictory thoughts together. To know is to believe but to believe is to know.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/18/2019 7:25:00 AM)

    Brief but beautiful poem having a nice theme is shared here touchingly.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/18/2019 3:13:00 AM)

    need not agree with Emily dickinson. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/18/2019 2:26:00 AM)

    Faith
    is the fine arts
    in the imaginative institution!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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