A Coffin—is A Small Domain

A Coffin—is a small Domain,
Yet able to contain
A Citizen of Paradise
In it diminished Plane.

A Grave—is a restricted Breadth—
Yet ampler than the Sun—
And all the Seas He populates
And Lands He looks upon

To Him who on its small Repose
Bestows a single Friend—
Circumference without Relief—
Or Estimate—or End—

by Emily Dickinson

Comments (36)

I am a non native English speaker, Yet this poem resembles a very fluent Persian poem this is the skill, the sense and the Delicacy, this is the Art.
this is a brilliant poem, Emily at her best is ever a wondrous delight, I love how the beauty of the first stanza end line themes run into the concepts Domain contain Paradise Plane, then with finality is further confined at the begining of the second stanza with the death nail line 'A Grave —is a restricted Breadth—', before immediately expanding again with death being 'Yet ampler than the sun—'. Yes the sun populates all Seas and Lands, and after Emily reminds us that vast spaces death encloses, she finishes in a final stana with death confined to a personal level of suffering without relief or relent, a friend confined in death is confined without end. A brilliant poem 10+++
Very enlightening. I came into this poem not sure what I would get, but loved the way the poet gives us ideas about the last abode of man.
Pure genius......Brilliant!
I don't get it. Judging by others comments, they don't either.
See More