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

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Comment 5 of 105, added on June 1st, 2005 at 7:43 PM.

i enjoyed the poem and have linked it with sylvia plath's "Tulips" in an
essay for my final yr as they are both about trying to escape the pressures
of life and externalising their inner torment. however i would love to
find out about her background family life. she was obviously quite a rich
member of the bourgeouisie to be able to sit in what sounds like a tower
as she use to let down baskets through some pulley system why she was a
recluse. but if anyone has any knowledge of her background please let me
know . i also found it interesting how we can look at dickinson and see
how ppl haven't changed...there are still today people as ignorant as our
young emily (or emilie as she liked to be called) who lived through the
civil war and not once has she even given mention to it, like critics said"
she worte about the biggest event: herself." i hope we can all learn from
the young recluse because i for one do not want to be as blind and ignorant
as she was to such huge events and cut myself off from social history when
some claim i wasn't even depressed i just had an obsession with death.
this is what emilie did and i hope no one repeats such behaviour.

micc
Comment 4 of 105, added on May 17th, 2005 at 4:31 PM.

i have to say i love this poem but i have known the last word to be "then"
not "nothing". i think this poem is there dealing with her own feelings,
mind, and torment until she realises something "and finished knowing-then"
but wont let us in on it. she also is trying to push away the people who
are trying to help her but make her trying to find this realisation harder,
maybe she hints a reason why she became a recluse

jennifer from United States
Comment 3 of 105, added on March 4th, 2005 at 10:04 PM.

I think this poem is about her describing what its like when were
brainwashed. the mourners are the pple trying to change her. the funeral in
her brain is the the part in her brain that is being destroyed from listing
to others."kept treading-treading on my thoughts". the poem i had at school
was a little different.

Sherese from United States
Comment 2 of 105, added on January 27th, 2005 at 8:20 AM.

THIS POEM MAKE MY HEAD TURN UPSIDE DOWN... IT TAKE LONG TIME FOR ME TO
REALIZE WHAT IS THE REAL MEANING OF THE POEM... IT TALKS ABOUT PAIN AND
AGONY OF THE WRITER... I THINK THIS POEM IS BASED ON HER TRAGIC EPERIENCE
OF HER PAST LIFE...

KATE from Philippines
Comment 1 of 105, added on January 11th, 2005 at 3:49 PM.

A tribute to Emily's genius, a hint to my overbearing bitter teacher:
I felt a funeral in my Brain
And my teacher to and fro
Kept treading- treading- on my thoughts
Till his dull wit was breaking through.

And when we all were silent
His voice, like a drum
kept treading- treading- and at last
My mind gave up and went numb-

And then he turned to a new poem
It tore right through my soul,
His slanderous Boots of lead, again,
I wish- the bell would toll,

And then a Plank of Boredom, broke,
And i dropped down and down-
I didnt think it could get much worse,
And finished knowing- nothing-

Hatty 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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