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Analysis and comments on I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 21 of 111, added on November 29th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 20 of 111, added on July 2nd, 2010 at 1:45 PM.

The deepening realizations about a loved-ones death.

frumpo from United States
Comment 19 of 111, added on October 22nd, 2009 at 1:38 AM.

I think this poem is about man's eternal struggle between rationality and
faith. Our instinctive rationality fights, fights, fights with knowledge,
knowing, logic against faith, faith in what you ask? Faith in God, in the
Divine, in anything outside our perception of knowledge. At the end of the
poem she plunges right into a world of faith, of 'not knowing' any longer.
There is no more logic or reason keeping her from freeing the shackles of
rationality on her mind, and she is free to have faith.

beeter from United States
Comment 18 of 111, added on June 23rd, 2008 at 2:10 PM.

i can't really figure out what this poem is talking about. i kinda have a
feeling that she is dead in this poem????

natalie from United States
Comment 17 of 111, added on March 29th, 2008 at 6:24 PM.

this poem fills me with fright; whatever its theme is: madness, death,
pain, it is pervaded by a gothic sense and is chilling to read. probably i
identify with the speaker in this poem but it renders a psychic state so
dramatically that it becomes chilling!

imen
Comment 16 of 111, added on April 28th, 2006 at 9:18 AM.

I am going to teach this poem next week and reading it proves to be an
endless experience of renewed pleasure, awe, and confusion (too much
certainty kills individuality and freedom of interpretation) I myself write
poetry and admire Dickinson's boldness

isis
Comment 15 of 111, added on February 20th, 2006 at 10:24 AM.

This poem is awesome! I read it like 10 times until i finally got my own
explanation out of it.

Anonymous from United States
Comment 14 of 111, added on January 17th, 2006 at 8:09 PM.

I think that this poem is about a descent into madness and therefore do not
agree with the final word being--nothing. From what I have learned about
Emily Dickinson, I know that she was infatuated with the thought of losing
consciousness of self. The "plank of reason" breaking is losing this
self-consciousness and as a result descending into madness. I love the
sounds of this poem how throughout it I can hear the treading and the
beating and the lead boots, and at the last stanza there is silence.

robert from United States
Comment 13 of 111, added on January 8th, 2006 at 11:18 AM.

I don't like transcendentalism or anti-transcendentalism and when Emily
Dickinson is added it is so much worse. I read I felt a Funeral, in my
Brain, and i understood it but i can not find any characteristics of
anti-transcendentalism.

Andrea from United States
Comment 12 of 111, added on December 11th, 2005 at 1:03 PM.

I don't understand this poem. What important sense in this poem is not
present in this poem? What finally happens to the speaker at the end? Does
she die, does she just pass out, does finally realize what is happening to
her?

Sicily from United Kingdom

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Information about I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 280. I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 24 2001


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