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Analysis and comments on My life closed twice before its close -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 72 of 218, added on January 10th, 2011 at 11:50 PM.

when she says that it is "So huge and hopeless to concieve" she is not
saying that it is bad, but that it is too complicated to know its actual
meaning.

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Comment 71 of 218, added on January 6th, 2011 at 6:09 PM.
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Comment 70 of 218, added on December 5th, 2010 at 5:35 PM.
My Thoughts

when she says that the afterlife is “so hopeless to conceive,” she brings
forth the opinion that life may be just as bad as after-life. We can prove
this by her relationship between Heaven and Hell, her uncertainty in death
and her use of the word “hopeless,” in line five.
In the final two lines of the poem, Emily Dickinson relates heaven and
hell together as one in the same. She uses the word Parting in the sense of
leaving loved ones behind and so she is saying that leaving loved ones
behind is the only thing that Heaven guarantees us and that Hell is being
somewhere without loved ones. So, Dickinson went against her Protestant
upbringing and tried to make the point that there are is no guaranteed
goodness after death and that Heaven and Hell may be the same thing. Her
usage of unnerving words shows her uncertain thought process.
In line five, Dickinson says, “so hopeless to conceive,” which brings to
light her view on Heaven. In an attempt to show the world that heaven is
not a certainty. She goes against her Protestant upbringing with a
controversial view on the basis of Christianity. She uses the word Hopeless
with the intention of implying without faith. She has no faith that death
will be as good as life; she is even skeptical about it.
In the poem, Dickinson says “her life closed twice before its close,” and
that a third event is “huge and hopeless to conceive.” Since the narrator
is writing this poem from the grave and she says that there were only two
closings, deaths, in her life before her actual death, one can infer that
her third closing is her death. She says that her death is “so huge, so
hopeless to conceive,” and therefore is uncertain that an afterlife even
exists. The interesting contradiction in the poem is that the narrator is
writing from the grave and says she is uncertain about the existence of an
afterlife. This paradox shows Emily Dickinson’s unorthodox writing style.
Having always pushed the limits of poetry and setting new poetic
boundaries, Dickinson reveals her skeptical views on afterlife in this
poem. This poem was a way for Emily Dickinson to rebel against common
religion and reveal her true views about Christianity.











Dylan Price from United States
Comment 69 of 218, added on April 27th, 2010 at 11:52 AM.
Analysis of Emily Dickson's poem "My life closed twice before its closed"

The second sense of these few lines could have more to do with one's
individual spiritual life. Sadly, this second sense is much more negative
and depressing than the last one. The words, “My life” could very well be
symbol for the spiritual state of the soul having closed off the light of
Christ which dwells within man. Thus, mortal sin is a symbol for this
closing. This closing could also be a spiritual blindness, the sinner is
unable to see how grievously he has sinned, either because he has willingly
closed off his conscience, which tells him what is right and wrong, or
because through habit, the eye of his conscience has become dimmed, so he
can no longer judge with an open and clean conscience, but with a
conscience shut off to the light of Christ. Moving on, the two words
“closed twice” could mean the eternal death that we all fear (the pains of
hell, the eternal loss of God, closed off from him forever.) Because the
sinner refused the Divine Grace which was offered him to convert, he died
in his closed state of soul, and thus lost the hope of eternal salvation.
And yet, though his body died, his soul lived on. That is the meaning of
the last lines, “and yet it remained to see immortality unveil a third
event to me.” The life of the soul remains, living on, and will remain to
see the final resurrection when his body will come to share in the soul's
suffering and loss of God.


Andrew from United States

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Information about My life closed twice before its close --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1732. My life closed twice before its close --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 12 2009


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