In the poem “The Brain—is wider than the sky,” Dickinson speaks highly of the strength that the brain possesses. In the opening stanza Dickinson writes: The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For— put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and You—beside— (1-4)
The speaker of the poem compares the sky to the brain. The brain, as Dickinson sees it, is far more spacious and extensive than the sky could ever be. The choice of capitalization is very interesting here. Other than the first word of every line, the only words to be capitalized are “Brain” (1), “Sky” (1), and “You” (4). The idea of self (you) and an actual part of oneself (brain) forces the reader to contrast the unparalleled vastness of human creativity against the sky. This is shown visually in the poem, also. The “You” in line 4, separated by two lines, falls directly in the middle of “Brain” and “Sky” in line one. This creates the image of a scale. By doing this, Dickinson not only adds depth to poem, but forces “You” to act as a scale—judging the “Brain” against the “Sky.” Dickinson also plays with the ease of how the sky will be contained. Line three, which ends with the word “contain,” is the only line without a dash, leaving the sky contained both in the brain and physically in the...