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

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Comment 34 of 644, 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
Comment 33 of 644, added on February 15th, 2008 at 10:50 AM.

This poem deeper than it seems, in that it 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.

alexandra and elexis your favorites from United States
Comment 32 of 644, added on February 15th, 2008 at 9:16 AM.

The message Dickinson is saying in this poem is that she had a life that
ended twice before it 'closed:' in other words, she died. Very moving to
see that she saw death in her life twice before she was taken as well. When
she said,
"So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell."
That is when I was moved because, she is saying that she will not forget
the two death experiences, no matter how hard she tries to forget. Also,
when she says that,
"Parting is all we know of heaven.
And all we need of hell."
It means that the monent you die is when you know everything about heaven,
and everything you can take from hell. Death is truely the worst experience
in life.

Patrick from United States
Comment 31 of 644, added on February 1st, 2008 at 4:37 PM.

This poem is very emotional. Death is a horrible experience.

Comment 30 of 644, added on March 23rd, 2007 at 10:59 PM.

This poem has nothing to do with losing her father or lover. Dickinson had
two near death experiences before writing this poem. That is what altered
her prespective of life.

Amanda from United States
Comment 29 of 644, 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 644, 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 644, 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 644, 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 644, 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

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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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