The Brain is just the weight of God –
For – Heft them – Pound for Pound –
And they will differ – if they do –
As Syllable from Sound –
Here Dickinson describes even God in comically physical terms (as something that can be “Hefted” or weighed), and in measuring Him (Her?) against the human mind, finds the latter fully equal to the former. The human mind, she suggests, may simply be what we mean by “God.” At most, God is a sort of abstract possibility for which our minds are the specific vehicles, just as syllables specify a sound to be expressed.
This is not a particularly humble theological stance even by today’s standards, let alone those of 19th-century New England. Harold Bloom has called Dickinson “a sect of one” and argued that “in the United States of the twenty-first century, she would not be considered a Christian at all.” (Bloom, Genius, 2002)
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