Emily Dickinson was an American poet known for her unique style and themes of death and mortality. She lived much of her life in isolation, and while she was a prolific writer, only a few of her poems were published during her lifetime. Her poem “Truth Is as Old as God” is a profound meditation on the nature of truth and its relationship to the divine. In this poem, Dickinson presents truth as an eternal entity, co-existing with God. The poem suggests that truth, like God, is timeless and will endure as long as God does. It’s a powerful exploration of the divine nature of truth, and by seeking truth, Dickinson suggests, we are seeking a deeper understanding of the divine.
Truth — is as old as God —
His Twin identity
And will endure as long as He
A Co-Eternity —
And perish on the Day
Himself is borne away
From Mansion of the Universe
A lifeless Deity.
- How does Dickinson portray the relationship between truth and God in the poem?
- What does the poem suggest about the nature and significance of truth?
- How does the poem reflect Dickinson’s broader themes of mortality and the divine?