Emily Dickinson

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

"Heaven" Has Different Signs&Mdash;To Me - Poem by Emily Dickinson


"Heaven" has different Signs—to me—
Sometimes, I think that Noon
Is but a symbol of the Place—
And when again, at Dawn,

A mighty look runs round the World
And settles in the Hills—
An Awe if it should be like that
Upon the Ignorance steals—

The Orchard, when the Sun is on—
The Triumph of the Birds
When they together Victory make—
Some Carnivals of Clouds—

The Rapture of a finished Day—
Returning to the West—
All these—remind us of the place
That Men call "paradise"—

Itself be fairer—we suppose—
But how Ourself, shall be
Adorned, for a Superior Grace—
Not yet, our eyes can see—

Comments about "Heaven" Has Different Signs&Mdash;To Me by Emily Dickinson

  • (11/26/2018 3:41:00 AM)

    this poem is really quite good- but im not really sure if it rhymes- i dont think so..
    maybe get a few rhyming ones but if not, then doesn't matter
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  • Dr.tony Brahmin (4/14/2018 10:42:00 AM)

    The Rapture of a finished Day—
    Returning to the West—
    All these—remind us of the place
    That Men call paradise— who am i to write a comment on such a great poetess. Emily Dickinson.. tony
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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/12/2018 9:13:00 AM)

    The rapture of a finished day
    Returning to the west

    A well depicted symbol of religious allusion.
    Nicely put.

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  • Rini Shibu (4/12/2018 9:12:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem about paradise (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (4/12/2018 8:56:00 AM)

    First, I’m glad Emily is featured lately. I—and many I expect—can relate to her wondering in this poem. My mind went to how heaven is imagined in The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. In this poem we get a glimpse of how much Emily has at her disposal in the phrases a mighty look runs round the world, carnivals of clouds, and the rapture of a finished day. -GK (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/12/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    Beautiful! Heaven is all around for a peaceful soul. There isn’t a grace superior than what has been bestowed! (Report) Reply

  • Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (4/12/2018 7:30:00 AM)

    Heaven seen through the eyes of Emily Dickinson, a treat of what is to come. May I be so lucky... (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/12/2018 5:23:00 AM)

    The Rapture of a finished Day—
    Returning to the West—
    All these—remind us of the place
    That Men call paradise—.......man call paradise, paradise
    may be differed person to person. Emily has defined in a way. Beautifully presented.
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  • (4/12/2018 3:35:00 AM)

    The so called paradise comprised of dawn, noon and the orchard, the birds and the carnivals of clouds itself
    be fairer but what about ourselves that can we ever see the heaven? ........very outstanding imagination......thanks for sharing
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/12/2018 1:50:00 AM)

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

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (4/12/2018 12:50:00 AM)

    Heaven and paradise have her own interpretations in her poem here. ED is a good poetess and each poet has his/her own words to write/create a poem. That is the freedom in writing. That makes every poet interesting and be a new topic for dialogues and conversations. Congratutalions for her family to be chosen as Classic POTD! (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (12/9/2016 10:14:00 AM)

    But how Ourself, shall be
    Adorned, for a Superior Grace—
    Not yet, our eyes can see—....no answer for this...or yes we can't be adorned to what yet we can not see....good as usual
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  • (5/19/2016 9:33:00 AM)

    I t is impossible to visualize heaven in all its Glory but we must try. Emily made a noble effort here...I love the line Carnival of Clouds

    Tom billsborough
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  • Susan Williams (10/26/2015 6:21:00 PM)

    Mankind has only earthbound beauty to set as a standard to guess about what beauty exists in heaven. It is staggering to think that the awesome beauty of nature is but an echo of eternal flawless beauty. (Report) Reply

  • (8/18/2014 6:43:00 PM)

    Dickinson seems to me to be trying to convey the spiritual, eternal side of nature. (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2014 10:49:00 AM)

    Heaven heaven heaven
    I search from dusk to dawn
    Find dawn as one
    Find noon as another
    Find dusk as a rapture...........no end of Nature's beauty in her conception
    Oh Emily you are as wonderful as heaven..............
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  • (7/8/2014 9:45:00 AM)

    Getting such a beautiful chance to read the great poet's poem here I express my happiness and it is felt that the poem is unique in style and theme of heaven as the reflections of other poems of her.Her famous poem if my memory is correct I am no body who are you Are you Nobody too..... have attracted the readers. The most amazing lines How Public - like a frog......... like lines are also beautiful. Here the poem is a beautiful one. (Report) Reply

  • Kasey Jessie (5/8/2014 10:14:00 PM)

    she wrote so many beautiful poems. she was amazing. it is a shame her best work was not released till after her unfortunate death. (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2014 8:52:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem; very inspiring. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:22:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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