"Faith" Is A Fine Invention


"Faith" is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see—
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.

by Emily Dickinson

Comments (65)

The first line of this very short poem is quite interesting. Emily Dickinson can be brief and right to the point
Very entertaining rhyme by the celebrated poet ‘laureatte’ possessed of depth and insight, the shallowness of reality to most. So fine the balance of faith and works, and many fail to grasp. Hence the quote marks.
A beautifully crafted poem by the famous poet. Thanks for the sharing.
Prudent! ! Faith and hope. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
not the first time i've read this poem by emily. i wonder what the subtext or backstory was for it. i also wonder if she only saw faith as an invention. my wondering aside, it seems to me this poem speaks to the artificial divide some people put between religion and science. and always always i appreciate her brevity and wit. -gk
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