"Faith" Is A Fine Invention Poem by Emily Dickinson

"Faith" Is A Fine Invention

Rating: 3.2


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

Alex Smith 25 February 2013

This is an anti religious poem. She is calling faith an 'invention' i.e. something made up by people - a technology. In particular, it is an invention used by 'Gentlemen' or the establishment support their version of the 'truth'. While religion may be a useful 'tool', if you actually want to find the truth of something, especially if its important, then science / actual observation is required.

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Maggie Chase 08 November 2022

I agree

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Flow Read 29 November 2022

No. This is a beautiful line of poetry. You just have to read it right.

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Yvonne Dueno 10 January 2012

faith is a tool much like a microscope...

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Penny Qian 05 August 2012

Faith is a fine invention, the man who is gentle can see it while the one who is a logic machine can not see it.... it is a invention, fine, to test people's attitudes In an emergency.

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Karl Swartz 09 September 2022

Let's just beat it to death. Good grief, people!

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David Wood 12 February 2022

So true. I'd rather a microscope than religious books.

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Caden Douglas 28 January 2022

I hated this so much I put bleach in my eyes so then I never have to read it again.

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Chinedu Dike 27 January 2022

Insightful and brilliant lines.....

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A.R. Tempest 01 January 2022

'Faith's alright when moderated by reality, but in the realm of the unseen, it builds its own reality, and that can be dangerous.'

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