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

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Comment 27 of 111, added on March 2nd, 2012 at 11:48 AM.

to me, this poem expresses an invisible existence that Emily was always
in-tune with. an almost meta-physical awareness of each separate "world"
at every plunge -- she had notions of something larger than what was just
tangible and visible in the world, long before it was common to theorize
about such things. She addresses the significant isolation this leaves her
with, as she is obviously much different from those around her, AS WELL AS
her constantly referenced struggle with religion in the lines:
"As all the Heavens were a Bell, and Being but an Ear, and I, and Silence,
some strange Race, Wrecked, Solitary, here." Her concept of God and
religion did not fit the mold of the strict lifestyle her family applied
to, or that of the beliefs around her -- and it was a constant confliction
in her soul.
For others she believe this belief in God or "the Heavens" was so fluid and
natural, all they had to do was simply exist or "be" and they could hear
the heavenly bells -- but she was wrecked alone in a silence where the
bells were unheard

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Comment 26 of 111, added on February 12th, 2012 at 4:32 AM.

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Comment 24 of 111, added on October 29th, 2011 at 3:48 AM.
I felt a funeral

I tink this poem is about her going insane

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Comment 23 of 111, 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 111, 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

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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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