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

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Comment 25 of 115, added on January 14th, 2012 at 11:10 AM.


muneer odeh from Saudi Arabia
Comment 24 of 115, added on October 29th, 2011 at 3:48 AM.
I felt a funeral

I tink this poem is about her going insane

Ayyub from Nigeria
Comment 23 of 115, added on March 25th, 2011 at 5:33 PM.
She goes crazy

This is a poem about her losing her mind, while still retaining some form
of grip on reality. This seems to be the most obvious of themes anyway. She
is slowly losing her sanity, and so she feels a "funeral in her brain." She
watches as she slips more and more, until ultimately the Plank in Reason
breaks. Her sanity is lost at this point, and she watches its entirety as
it occurs.

Candace from United States
Comment 22 of 115, added on March 1st, 2011 at 8:46 AM.
Military Undertones?

I have always read the poem to have military undertones. When you hear
words such as... "treading" ... "Service" ... "Drum" ... "Boots of Lead"
... they have a kind of military connotation.

With that, I could see how this poem could be about the brainwashing of
soldiers. Perhaps an anti-war poem.

Amanda from United States
Comment 21 of 115, added on November 29th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 20 of 115, added on July 2nd, 2010 at 1:45 PM.

The deepening realizations about a loved-ones death.

frumpo from United States
Comment 19 of 115, 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 115, 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 115, 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!

Comment 16 of 115, 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


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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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