Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
May 22nd, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 288,557 comments.
Analysis and comments on My life closed twice before its close -- by Emily Dickinson

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 
[61] 62 63

Comment 29 of 629, added on January 24th, 2007 at 9:57 PM.

To me it seems that she is relating to a great loss, so great it is
measurable only against death by words. My personal belief is that it was
the death of her father, and the loss of her literary companion and love
Charles Wadsworth. The loss of a love, a great and powerful love, is the
only thing I think would measure against the pain of death. I think that
the third awaited loss is in reference either to her own death, or perhaps
that of another love, such as the colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson. It is
open-ended. She is waiting for "immortality" or a god-like figure, to bring
the end again. The end of another life, or relationship. She see's it now
as inevitable as it is, and knows that it will come. I think that that is
the pain through which she wrote this.

Jessica from United States
Comment 28 of 629, added on January 9th, 2007 at 9:17 PM.

I think that it is important to remember that while many of Dickenson's
poems reflect her experiences, they are not meant as exclusively about her
life. Although this poem most likely stems from the death of her father
and the loss of a man she loved, it is not clear that she refers to these
two men, nor that the "close" means a death, becuase she does not mean to
narrow it down to such a specific. There are so many different types of
losses in the world, and she means not to eliminate any of them. It refers
to any event which could cause the reader to feel the same. In this same
vein, the third loss does not mean death specifically, just as none of the
other closures meant death specifically, just any sort of event that
invoked emotion similar to what Dickenson thought.

Marian from United States
Comment 27 of 629, added on April 6th, 2006 at 11:08 AM.

I'm currently doing a report on this poem and if someone could figure out
at least six of the literary elements that would be great. Just repost them
and ill check back for them tomorrow or something. thanks

Jake from United States
Comment 26 of 629, added on March 15th, 2006 at 6:47 PM.

I don't know that much about Emily Dickinson, but the poem doesn't HAVE to
do with a death in her life. It could be being raped. She could have been
beaten. Who knows? There is a wonderful book called Rena's Promise about a
Holocaust survivor. On page 152 in the last sentence of the first
paragraph, you can totally relate to this poem. Just though you guys would
like to know that and check the book out!

Christine M. 14 yr old from United States
Comment 25 of 629, added on January 30th, 2006 at 8:42 PM.

In this poem, Emily Dickinson expresses how greatly depressed she is. she
speaks of two great losses in her life, losses so terrible that death is
the only symbolism to describe it.Emily was a gorrophobic, she was afraid
of open spaces,this phobia made it complicated for her to venture out into
society and to express love.In knowing this, the loss of her father and an
end to a love relationship that she had with the men she wrote to, would be
a great loss.This creates her own personal hell, and her only chance of
happiness would be thru heaven.

Rachel T. from United States
Comment 24 of 629, added on January 30th, 2006 at 10:55 AM.

This poem to me says, how this person lost two important things in their
life and is curious on whether she will be next. This poem expresses sorrow
and sadness about the death of someone close to you. and the meaning "my
life closed twice before its close" means her life ended before she died.

Cherell B. from United States
Comment 23 of 629, added on January 27th, 2006 at 2:17 PM.

This poem has a lot to do with life. Events that happened in her life she
overlooked them. She wasn't paying any attention to them. As her life was
changeing drastic things were happening. She finally realized that her life
would come to a end. She was dealing with heaven and hell.

Katrina Morris
Comment 22 of 629, added on January 27th, 2006 at 2:11 PM.

This poem mentions three main events in just about everyone's life:
experiencing life, experiecing a death, and then experiencing your own
death. Each of these events cause pain and suffering. Even though these
things are part of life and death, they must be expericened at some point
and time to make life complete. With death comes sorrow and grieving and
Dickinson shows that in her poem. She seems somewhat frustrated with the
fact that certain things must be experienced in a life time, but she comes
to the terms that she must deal with it. Her way of getting through it was
by writing a poem about.

Brandon from United States
Comment 21 of 629, added on January 27th, 2006 at 2:12 PM.

This poem is about how she lost two important things in her life. There was
three imortant things in her life and thats what her life was about. There
were two things and her own death that were most important to her. The
other two closed in her life before her own life came to an end. Once she
had lost everything important to her, the only thing she had left was her
own death.

Comment 20 of 629, added on January 27th, 2006 at 2:02 PM.

When Emily says that her life has closed twice before its closed she is
sayin that she has lost something or maybe even someone that was close to
her and caused her some hardship. The third event she might be talkin about
is that she may be coming to the actual thing, death. She seems almost as
if it doesnt bother her to much because shes already lost the important
things in her life. She also speaks of heaven so the two losses in her life
could have been deaths of two people she was close to. Emily is basically
saying that she will get to see them soon.

Brittney from United States

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 
[61] 62 63
Share |

Information about My life closed twice before its close --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1732. My life closed twice before its close --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
Viewed: 1510 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 12 2009

Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: 1732. My life closed twice before its close --
By: Emily Dickinson

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

Dickinson Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links