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Comment 51 of 191, added on February 24th, 2008 at 11:36 PM.
Emily Dickinson is writing about how she has experienced two instances
where she has lost a loved one. This is said as "my life closed twice
before its close" --the title itself. When she says, "It yet remains to see
,If Immortality unviel, A third event to me", it seems as though she is
awaiting another loss, either her own, or another loved one. At first I
wasn't exactly sure of what dickinson meant, but after reading others'
responses, it was more clear that the two events were in fact, the losing
of a loved one. It is like she has died, though only emotionally.I have
lost a loved one, and I can understand how Emily may have felt, like her
life did emotionally end because of the pain and sorrow that is brought
upon her from this great loss. Then the third event, was her actual death,
physically. This poem is pretty straight-forward. I really believe that
Dickinson has a talent for poetry.
RoRo G from United States
Comment 50 of 191, added on February 24th, 2008 at 10:43 PM.
In this poem I believe Dickinson is expressing her acceptance of death. She
has experienced two invents of near death, or deaths close to her. When she
says "Parting is all we know of heaven. And all we need of hell." She is
expressing what she knows about death, as well as what she does not. Her
view on death was altered by her first two experiences involving death. Her
new view is what inspired her to write this poem as she became okay with
death and accepts it.
Simone from United States
Comment 49 of 191, added on February 24th, 2008 at 9:48 PM.
The main idea throughout this poem is misery and loss. In the line
“parting is all we know of heaven. And all we need of hell,” suggests we
only know living without joy and being in misery. She has not yet died,
but part of her did in these two events. She waits to see if she will feel
this pain for a third time. Anyone who has ever lost someone close can
relate to this poem. Dickinson evokes sorrow as she describes how her life
michaela from United States
Comment 48 of 191, added on February 24th, 2008 at 7:20 PM.
This poem is about her great sense of loss of two people really close to
her. Her line " my life closed twice before its close" is her way of saying
that she felt like she died too when they died. While reading this, i didnt
really have a big emotional connection to it because I have never had
someone really close die before. Death is a huge event and a very emotional
one; I cant imagine how she felt. This poem explains alot though of what
she felt and the pain she was going through.
Amanda from United States
Comment 47 of 191, added on February 20th, 2008 at 1:54 AM.
Emily Dickinson Conveys that part of her has already died before death.
When a loved one is lost such pain is felt is like you feel like there
isn't much left of you anymore. Severe emotional pain can hurt just as bad
as physical pain. In the line "If Immortality unveil A third event to me"
shows she has already died and one more event can't do too much more
damage. Her usage of "heaven" and "hell" shows where one will go after
Angela from United States
Comment 46 of 191, added on February 24th, 2008 at 5:09 PM.
Dickinson’s portrayal of her life in the poem created a gloomy feeling in
me for her. As she flashed back on the two events in her life, a sense of
sadness produced. Her “life closed twice before its close” because of two
“events” in her life that gave her great pain; this pain was so immense
that she felt as if she was no longer living. Her life “remains to see”
because she never actually “parted to heaven” yet. After reading this, I
looked back on my life to recall events where I felt “closed” before my
time. She also brings to mind that when people die, they know it’s all they
need to experience heaven but also to attend hell.
Tahira W. from United States
Comment 45 of 191, added on February 24th, 2008 at 4:40 PM.
This poem is expressing the loss of something special to the writer before
her life ended and how it affected her mind. In this poem, Dickinson
speaks about how she experienced two deaths before her life ended. As I
read this poem, I felt great sorrow for the writer as she has had two
traumatic deaths in her life. When Dickinson writes, “If Immortality
unveil, a third event to me”, she is speaking about her death and how she
waits for it to arrive. The word “hopeless” in the second stanza refers to
how Dickinson feels as she waits for death to greet her.
Colin Butler from United States
Comment 44 of 191, added on February 23rd, 2008 at 1:29 PM.
This poem is written by a true poet. Emily shares her heartache with all
her reader in this poem. It took me a while to really grasp the concept of
this poem and I had to look at the commebnts that people had posted to
really get a good feel for the tone and meaning of this piece of literature
from other points of views. She lost so many relatives and friends in her
lifetime that those experiences really uprooted the sadness and darkness
that is portrayed in some of her poems. I totally understand her. The first
line that says "My life closed twice" immediately lets me know that there
were two experiences in her life that put her in a deep depression, and
that it was as if her life was over, that it closed. The only thing that
can totally close the chapters in her life would be her own death, as she
says "before it's closed".She says she feels "hopeless". There is nothing
she can do about the fact that her mother, father, nephew, her lover and
her friend deaths. It's uncontolable.
from United States
Comment 43 of 191, added on February 23rd, 2008 at 1:53 PM.
The poem expresses the hardships of death
in one's life and how it effects your mental state. Dickinson experienced
two deaths in her own life as well as internally. She shows all of that
emotion in this poem.
The poem's message is pain caused by deaths and experiences Dickinson has
had. They have made her feel like she's lost a piece of herself, referring
to the title, “My life closed twice before its close." Most people can
relate to her pain having lost a family member or experienced a
traumatizing experience. She describes the pain as, "hopeless to conceive."
Her pain is so unbearable she can't even wrap her mind around it.
alexandra and elexis from United States
Comment 42 of 191, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:04 PM.
Emily Dickinson is truly a master of words. She chooses the perfect
phrasing for everything and does not make a poem that goes on forever. The
message of this poem is that losing a loved one can be equated to the death
of one's soul. As she describes the deaths spiritual and physical deaths in
lines 6-8, she says that while physical death is the only way to get to
heaven, the death of the soul is like "hell."
Eric Monroe from United States
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