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

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Comment 49 of 619, 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
closed twice.

michaela from United States
Comment 48 of 619, 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 619, 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
death.


Angela from United States
Comment 46 of 619, 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 619, 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 619, 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.

Briana Brunson from United States
Comment 43 of 619, 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 619, 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
Comment 41 of 619, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 5:26 AM.

Dickinson tries to tell us that she has had 2 death experiences in her life
and the third death experience will be her own because she said that " my
life closed twice before its close--" and that connected to her biography
where she had experienced her father and her lover died.Also she believe
that her death is unavoidable. that why she said "so huge, so hopeless to
conceive and she also mention that if "immortality unveil A third event to
me" show that the third event will be her death.

Hai from United States
Comment 40 of 619, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:32 AM.

Dickinson obviously has experienced death before it has happened to her
physically. She feels as if she has died twice emotionally, and she is
waiting for another tragic event to occur. In Lines 2-4:
"It yet remains to see
If Immortality unviel
A third event to me"
Those lines expresses how she is tired of going through emotional
struggles, as she tried to understand why her loved ones have passed away.
So she is just waiting for God to give her the chance to be with them
again. Dickinson also reveals that she feels God play an important role in
the deaths she has experienced, because she capitalizes "Immortality" in
line 2.

Lakiva S.

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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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