Emily Dickinson

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

Houses—so The Wise Men Tell Me— - Poem by Emily Dickinson

"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!


Comments about Houses—so The Wise Men Tell Me— by Emily Dickinson

  • (1/29/2018 3:54:00 AM)


    I love this piece of art just what I expected (Report) Reply

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  • (12/10/2017 5:00:00 PM)


    Emily is speaking of heavenly mansions. It reflects her questions regarding her religious views. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/26/2017 5:19:00 AM)


    Mansions cannot let the tears in,
    Mansions must exclude the storm!
    Mansions though larger than houses may not render peace.
    Thanks poet for the poem.
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  • Tapan M. Saren (4/23/2017 4:17:00 AM)


    This is really good poem........ (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/25/2016 11:59:00 PM)


    These houses and mansions are dwelling place and only peace can make it a better living place. (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua (12/19/2015 12:53:00 AM)


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

    BEAUTIFUL PIECE
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  • Fer Basbas (6/28/2015 2:59:00 AM)


    houses are for shelter, protection, but it is not just houses she proposes but mansions. warm, a haven. the next stanza slides into that thought - houses as haven then places in heaven. strong, cozy abodes. Many mansions, in quotes: these are concepts alien to the narrator/poet as are his Father, right - biblical passages referring to heaven; she takes pains to emphasize this. yet inspite of this estrangement, she thinks Children, souls, would want to go there, quickly - tonight! The trip is to an uncertain place, something she does not really believe in on a certain level. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/18/2015 2:39:00 AM)


    A ever slight pour of the ethereal, here (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2014 7:23:00 AM)


    Another fascinating puzzle. The first four lines describe what a mansion is.

    Line 5 is a reference to a Biblical passage; in my Father's house there are many mansions

    Line 6a I do not know him Is she saying that she is not a christian? A very bold statement for someone in Victorian America.

    Lines 7&8
    Could the Children find the way there—
    Some, would even trudge tonight!
    If we really believe in heaven we should commit suicide?

    How very odd a thought for sweet Emily
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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