Emily Dickinson

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

"Heaven"—Is What I Cannot Reach! - Poem by Emily Dickinson


"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"He aven" is—to Me!

The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
The interdicted Land—
Behind the Hill—the House behind—
There—Paradise—is found!

Her teasing Purples—Afternoons—
The credulous—decoy—
Enamored—of the Conjuror—
That spurned us—Yesterday!

Comments about "Heaven"—Is What I Cannot Reach! by Emily Dickinson

  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (5/27/2018 9:41:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem with compelling imagery. (Report) Reply

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  • Sona Wilae (2/9/2018 11:00:00 PM)

    The last stanza provides imagery that is so precise and leads me to think of the third heaven. Her writings are always atypical. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (1/28/2018 6:04:00 PM)

    Love her style and use of imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (12/5/2017 10:12:00 AM)

    Fabulous use of metaphors..a beautiful poem! (Report) Reply

  • (12/4/2017 3:02:00 AM)

    I love this poem, and i love the line, thanks (Report) Reply

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    Heaven—is what I cannot reach!
    The Apple on the Tree—
    Provided it do hopeless—hang—
    That—He aven is—to Me!
    (Report) Reply

  • Aremo Abiodun Best (9/8/2016 2:49:00 AM)

    you can if you try hard enough (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (2/9/2016 10:11:00 AM)

    As children when our mind navigates effortlessly into the realms of imagination we find heaven in things unreachable. Fantastic! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/26/2015 6:12:00 PM)

    The Paradises on earth of which she speaks can be pretty heavenly in an earthly sense but unfortunately they are temporary and prone to tragedy because they are not eternal. Lovely but short-lived. I think perhaps the successful spiritual person can thoroughly enjoy the paradises that can be found on earth while keeping the soul fixed on the lodestone that is Heavenly Paradise. (Report) Reply

  • (9/16/2015 5:54:00 PM)

    what a wonderful verse by a gifted lady. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/1/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    I do not feel, as some one else does, that the Poetess was that ruthless to trample down a faith. What I see in the poem is a reality in life; ie. what you have in your own palm is the heaven, or even the hell, as it may. What is not possible to reach at, in terms of reality, you are not too sure about it. I admire her way of writing. Excellent metaphors she used. (Report) Reply

  • Abekah Emmanuel (8/23/2014 6:57:00 PM)

    Though the message isnt clear to me....I still like the style and diction....beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2014 12:37:00 PM)

    This is beautiful... (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2014 8:53:00 AM)

    I love the line The Color, on the Cruising Cloud—
    I love alliteration! !
    (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2014 7:20:00 AM)

    A nice poem and heaven the perfect dream place a human being likes and poem pertaining heaven likes. (Report) Reply

  • (3/29/2014 8:13:00 PM)

    .....heaven is something to strive for... (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2013 8:59:00 PM)

    LOVE's part, Joseph Poewhit (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (8/1/2013 9:50:00 AM)

    Love Emily Dickinson and her style! (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2013 7:06:00 AM)

    Heaven was the apple of her eye. How cool is that. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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