For my close reading assignment, I’ve decided to write about Emily Dickinson’s “Faith is a Fine Invention” and “The Brain is Wider Than the Sky.” Personally, I had a very tough time with the introductory paragraph and would love some input from my fellow peers:
For Emily Dickinson, faith was always a struggle. The clashing views between science and religion continuously ate at her throughout her life. She constantly strived to find the answers to the big questions in life, such as, “Does God exist?” or “What happens to us after we die?” Although Dickinson is known to this day for her continuous endeavors in her faith all her life, her works manage to perfectly portray her spiritual conflicts in her writing. Her poetry questions the limitations of God through scientific means, such as in “Faith is a Fine Invention,” where Dickinson compares faith to an invention, and also in “The Brain is Wider Than the Sky,” where she states that the human brain is comparative to God. Dickinson’s poetry, at its core, can then be said to be a testimony of the conflict between science and religion.
Any input would be highly appreciated!