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Comment 66 of 656, added on January 1st, 2010 at 7:51 AM.

My understanding of this poem is as follows.

I died twice within this life
when 2 I loved ... found immortality
Now I am left to live in dread
Perchance the thought of three

These thoughts consume me endlessly
Of those that twice before me fell
Only the living suffer death
And know the fire of hell.


Elaine George from Canada
Comment 65 of 656, added on March 5th, 2009 at 11:41 AM.

i think its the meaning of death and the she loves of death.

lori from United States
Comment 64 of 656, added on February 5th, 2009 at 12:17 PM.

It is really important that she choose to say "If Immortality" rather than
"when" or something else. Emily is proposing that death is a final event,
by showing the uncertainty of "a third event". The only thing we are
certain of in this poem is that there will be a "parting"

JoeBuckley from United States
Comment 63 of 656, added on October 30th, 2008 at 2:02 PM.

"Parting is all we know of heaven
And all we need of hell"
I agree with this comment. We all leave this world to go to heaven or hell,
and from hell all we want is distance.

Marco Gonzalez from United States
Comment 62 of 656, added on March 10th, 2008 at 8:17 PM.

In this poem Emily Dickson describe the pain she experience when she loses
a love one. She shows how the lost of a love one cuts deep. Dickson wants
us to realize that when love ones leave they are going to a better place.
It’s ok for us to be sad and cry, but soon are tears need to turn into
tears of joy. I understand that losing people is hard and you never want to
see them leave but it’s for the better. They are in a better place, a place
were we want to go. “Parting is all we know of hell.” The word
“Immortality” tells us that if we go to heaven then we will never die. We
will live a never ending life.

nicole from United States
Comment 61 of 656, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:28 AM.

In the poem “My life closed twice before its closed” Dickenson describes
the feeling of a loved one that she has lost. Dickenson tries to convey her
message of death comes before you know it. I think that this poem made me
think of how short our lives could be, and how losing a loved one makes you
go into sadness, so that kills you twice so then you are just waiting for
your own death to complete the third event. The line “My life closed twice
before its close” is the line that made me realize how short is life. “If
immortality unveil A third event to me” this explains that after her second
death which was her soul she’s just waiting for her own death to complete
the third event. The words immortality and unveil are really important,
that explains that she is not immortal and someday she’s going to die.

Victor from United States
Comment 60 of 656, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:03 AM.

In this poem, "My life colsed twice before it close", it's expressing the
fact if a great tragedy happens and youre not really expecting it, it will
tear you to pieces and make you think your life isn't worth living because
you lost on that you loved so much. Its an emotional battle you face when
somebody you love passes away. "So huge so hopeless to conceive," tells us
that things we never imagined are possible and real for us today. She shows
that when a second death arrives life shows no meaning or purpose.

Bryan Moore from United States
Comment 59 of 656, added on March 7th, 2008 at 11:03 AM.

In “My life closed twice before its close” Emily Dickinson uses her
experience in
grieving and her acceptance of the deaths to go on living. She expressed in
lines three,
four and five, “It yet remains to see/ If Immortality unveil/ A third event
to me.” She
meant that even though the death of the two loved ones occurred, they are
still with her
throughout her life and will lead her to her death. She felt the people she
lost will stand
beside her and lead her in life because they will always be with her. In
line seven
Dickinson stated “Parting is all we know of Heaven.” She described Heaven
as a place
you are sent when your time is up, until the next time comes. In
everybody’s life they
have to experience parting of their loved ones for awhile, and then they
meet again when
the deaths are completed. Parting of all loved ones has to occur and to
Heaven it’s all
they know because parting always occurs. Dickinson uses the words
“Hopeless” and
“Huge” which she described as how she felt when she lost her two people she
loved, and
how it affected her and how big it really was to lose the people.

Alyssa Baggett from United States
Comment 58 of 656, added on March 7th, 2008 at 10:50 AM.

My life closed twice before its close

In this poem, Emily Dickinson expresses about how two people close to her
dies and she feels lonely and hopeless. I never had an experience where
anybody close to me has died, so I don’t exactly know how it feels to lose
somebody very close to you. I imagine it would be very heartbreaking,
knowing that the one person you loved has just gone away in a blink of an
eye. “So huge, so hopeless to conceive. As these that twice befell”. This
line is expressing the death of the two people is a big deal that it is
hard to believe that they are gone. “Immortality”, this word is expressing
that how she gets to live and the people that died are gone. “Conceive”,
this word expresses in the poem how it is hard to believe that someone
close just died.

christina from United States
Comment 57 of 656, added on February 27th, 2008 at 6:26 AM.

"my life closed twice before its close"Emily Dickinson expresses how she
had died inside twice before she has truly made her path to her death. The
two deaths may be the memory of when the love of her life and her father
died before she did. In these lines,
"If immortality unveil
a third event to me..."
She cites how long death seems away from her. The use of the word
immortality highlights how long she thinks death has eluded her. she awaits
death for the eternity of the rest of ther lifetime.

Christina A. from United States

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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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