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

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Comment 70 of 660, 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
Comment 69 of 660, added on April 27th, 2010 at 11:48 AM.
Analysis of Emily Dickson's poem "My life closed twice before its closed"

One could look at this little stanza two different ways or senses.. A way
of doing this could be done by looking at the first line, “My life closed
twice before its close.” Someone’s life closed twice, ended twice.
However, this is not a bodily death, or closing, but a spiritual one. This
first line is an image for Adam’s fall into sin, his fall was the first
close. Though we are not literally Adam, we are his sons because Adam was
the first man and the Father of all men, thus we merit the effects of his
sin, as well as the punishment due to his fall. So “My” could be
understood in the sense that the speaker is acknowledging that he is guilty
and not merely putting all the blame on Adam. But what of the second
close? The first line reads, “My life closed twice…”, not once! The
second “close” is man’s personal sin. Personal sin is taken as the sins of
Adam’s descendants, me, you, his sons, his daughters, etc. Though we are
all guilty due to Adam’s sin, we are also guilty every time each one of us
sins individually, by our own free choice. So in other words, to join the
two ideas together, man sins twice. Once, Adam sins in the garden,
punishing us all in the process, and ruining not only his chances of
salvation, but our hopes as well, and even though we did not sin in the
garden, we sin now, individually, and offend God. Every time man sins,
especially grievously (and the closing theme seems to imply nothing other
than a serious sin, eg, mortal), his soul is robbed of Divine Grace, and
the doors of heaven are “closed” to him. Eternal life is shut out to him,
and it is only by repentance that he can hope to have it reopened to him.

Andrew from United States
Comment 68 of 660, added on February 19th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 67 of 660, added on January 20th, 2010 at 12:54 AM.

in my opinion, this poem is quite complex. i had to read it time and time
again, but i eventually came to an understanding. she tries to fit so much
information and feeling into one line, that it is difficult to understand
what she is trying to get through. but when she wrote these poems she had
no intention of showing them to anyone so i would probably do the exact
same thing that she had. see she was a very closed off person and when she
died, they found over 2000 poems in her dresser drawers and scattered all
around her bedroom. she was a very bright person, being educated from a
wealthy society. i just wish she knew how famous she had become before she
had passed away, considering she is a very well known american poet. pretty
ironic, huh?

Audrey from United States
Comment 66 of 660, 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 660, 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 660, 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 660, 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 660, 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 660, 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

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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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