"Houses"&Mdash;So The Wise Men Tell Me Poem by Emily Dickinson

"Houses"&Mdash;So The Wise Men Tell Me

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"Houses"—so the Wise Men tell me—
"Mansions"! Mansions must be warm!
Mansions cannot let the tears in,
Mansions must exclude the storm!

"Many Mansions," by "his Father,"
I don't know him; snugly built!
Could the Children find the way there—
Some, would even trudge tonight!

Gillian.E. Shaw 12 March 2005

The poet begins by using 'mansions' as an illustration for security against the misery of the human condition. The second verse makes reference to the bible and the words Jesus said of his father - God. The poet concludes that Faith is easier to attain for little children (than adults) because of their innocence; There is a sense of disilusion in this poem. Wisdom indicates enlightenment and perhaps the poet is sceptical of the advice given; thus the title 'so the wise men tell me'.

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Lionking 25 May 2020

Your poem is spicy and fruitfull

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Angelina Holmes 03 May 2014

Each of her poems are so full of meaning. Fabulous.

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Brian Jani 25 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem

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* Sunprincess * 29 March 2014

......enjoyed this lovely poem...thank you Emily...

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Adam Sobh 10 April 2009

I'm doing a project on Emily Dickinson for my 11th grade American Literature class, and i need to find a poem by Miss Emily Dickinson and then analyze it, i chose this poem, but i don't really understand it, so if anybody could please explain it to me and help me to better understand it, i would be extremely grateful.

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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

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