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

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Comment 44 of 634, 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 634, 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 634, 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 634, 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 634, 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.
Comment 39 of 634, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 2:48 AM.

Personally, I feel that Dickinson is trying to express her opinion of
death. The title, "My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close," refers to two
life-altering experiences that take a toll on her outlook of things
forever. These types of situations help one to see the light when almost
in complete darkness.
"So huge, so hopeless to conceive,
As these that twice befell."
The above excerpt states that Dickinson found it hopeless to believe that
she neared death twice. I feel that she felt guilty of coming so close to
death as well as ashamed. However, in a sense, she might have seen loved
ones die before her sorrowful eyes too. Either way, two powerful
experiences confined her life forever.

Megan OC from United States
Comment 38 of 634, added on February 20th, 2008 at 10:11 PM.

I think this poem was Dickinson's way of expression her confusion of death
and the lasting affect on those left behind. I love her statement, "Parting
is all we know of heaven, And all we need of hell." It is powerful and
true. I think by saying " My life closed twice before its close",
Dickinson meant that she lost two important people in her life, which took
her life emotionally so it was closed before she died. It is an amazing and
powerful poem

Jacquie
Comment 37 of 634, added on February 20th, 2008 at 9:57 PM.

My idea of Emily's message for "My life closed twice before its close" is
that she's just trying to cope with the lose of two special people to her.
It seems that she is slightly confused, and is questioning God "If
Immortality unveil." It seems that Emily grasps the whole Heaven and Hell
concept in the after life sense. However she also pulls in the hell on
earth vibe with the lines ,"Parting is all we know of heaven,And all we
need of hell." So, Emily pulls of a sense of understanding and utter
confusion in a few powerful lines.

Kayla Evelyn from United States
Comment 36 of 634, added on February 20th, 2008 at 10:01 PM.

The message Dickinson is trying to get across is the feeling a near death
experience can leave you with. As life flashes before your eyes, you get a
glimpse of Heaven and one of Hell. She says "it yet remains to see if
immortality unveil a third event to me" which leads readers to believe that
she has conquered death twice already and hopes to stay immoral should it
face her again. It really reaches me emotionally because of the truth I
find in the saying "one does not truly live until they have faced death."
A person doesn't see how precious, truly precious life is until they see
how fast it can be taken away from them.

Joelle F. from United States
Comment 35 of 634, added on February 19th, 2008 at 4:46 PM.

yes, just like many of the commenters, i do relate this poem to death. but
to me it epitomizes the feeling we recieve after we have lost a loved one.
When Dickenson says "My life closed twice before its close --
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me", she is probably referring to two times in her life
that she has felt lost. just like one of the commentors said, she had lost
her father and the love of her life. these may have been the two times her
life may have closed. so the third closure would probably be her own death.
she knows like many of us that she will eventually die.the phrase "If
immortality unveil" helps me to see how she feels about life. it seems to
me that she sees that she will eventually die and the thinking of living
forever in our prime will soon be unveiled.

this poems theme surrounds around death and parting with those that we
love. and though many view heaven as a place to go after death, this poem
describes it as something realted to sorrow. this is because it is a time
of parting form someone that we love.


Karen 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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