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

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Comment 75 of 665, added on March 8th, 2012 at 4:52 AM.

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Comment 74 of 665, added on July 3rd, 2011 at 3:19 AM.

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Comment 73 of 665, 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

Comment 72 of 665, added on January 6th, 2011 at 6:09 PM.


Tithacava from United States
Comment 71 of 665, added on December 5th, 2010 at 5:35 PM.
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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 70 of 665, 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 665, 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 665, added on February 19th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 67 of 665, 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 665, 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

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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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