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

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Comment 55 of 665, added on February 27th, 2008 at 4:58 AM.

In this poem, Emily Dickinson is showing us that enormous things can change
our lives for the worse, which she feels can only be matched in emotional
value with our own death. SHe speaks of two events in her life that she
views as closings that have changed her life and hurt her immensely. She
goes on to wonder if there is another on the way. She refers to these
events as "so huge, so hopeless to conceive," revealing to us that terrible
things you've never even imagined are possible and inevitable. She tells us
"Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell" suggesting that
the physical death is the only escape to a heaven from this emotional hell
of living.

Rose from United States
Comment 54 of 665, added on February 25th, 2008 at 6:31 AM.

With the death of a loved one, life faces despair for Emily Dickinson. Once
a second death arrives, life shows no true meaning or purpose. Left with
nothing to live for, she just awaits her prominent death. Although
ironically she views it as if she could reach immortality because she is
the only one left.

Mark Kimata from United States
Comment 53 of 665, added on February 25th, 2008 at 3:27 AM.

Yet another one of Dickinson’s poems of depression, this poem portrays the
expression of having two major losses in her life and waiting to see if her
own death could be her third major loss. At first, I actually didn’t
understand what Dickinson tried to explain. Until I read other people’s
interpretation, I understood the theme and significance of the poem. I
actually felt really sorry for her because she lost two loved ones.
Dickinson classifies the losses as the Three Events. The first and second
events refer back to the deaths of her loved ones. The third event, as
Dickinson describes as “it yet remains to see”, the possible death of
herself. She explains that “immortality” is less likely to happen. She
refers herself as being “hopeless”. The message that Dickinson tries to
portray is that we all will have our “life closed twice” somewhere in our
lives. In other words, we will have two major events that will change us
big time. She also tells us that our third event will remain yet to be

Michael P. from United States
Comment 52 of 665, added on February 24th, 2008 at 11:19 PM.

Emily Dickinson possesses both fascination and devastion in relation to
death. Dickinson expresses that the human soul inevitably experiences three
deaths. Specifically, she states, "It yet remains to see/If Immortality
unveil/A third". She foresees her impending death as her final closure, but
remains in the dark about the circumstances of fate. She expounds that
"Parting is we know of heaven/and all we need of hell". In essence, only in
death can a person discover the true meaning of peace or truly know grief.

Joye B. from United States
Comment 51 of 665, added on February 24th, 2008 at 11:36 PM.

Emily Dickinson is writing about how she has experienced two instances
where she has lost a loved one. This is said as "my life closed twice
before its close" --the title itself. When she says, "It yet remains to see
,If Immortality unviel, A third event to me", it seems as though she is
awaiting another loss, either her own, or another loved one. At first I
wasn't exactly sure of what dickinson meant, but after reading others'
responses, it was more clear that the two events were in fact, the losing
of a loved one. It is like she has died, though only emotionally.I have
lost a loved one, and I can understand how Emily may have felt, like her
life did emotionally end because of the pain and sorrow that is brought
upon her from this great loss. Then the third event, was her actual death,
physically. This poem is pretty straight-forward. I really believe that
Dickinson has a talent for poetry.

RoRo G from United States
Comment 50 of 665, added on February 24th, 2008 at 10:43 PM.

In this poem I believe Dickinson is expressing her acceptance of death. She
has experienced two invents of near death, or deaths close to her. When she
says "Parting is all we know of heaven. And all we need of hell." She is
expressing what she knows about death, as well as what she does not. Her
view on death was altered by her first two experiences involving death. Her
new view is what inspired her to write this poem as she became okay with
death and accepts it.

Simone from United States
Comment 49 of 665, added on February 24th, 2008 at 9:48 PM.

The main idea throughout this poem is misery and loss. In the line
“parting is all we know of heaven. And all we need of hell,” suggests we
only know living without joy and being in misery. She has not yet died,
but part of her did in these two events. She waits to see if she will feel
this pain for a third time. Anyone who has ever lost someone close can
relate to this poem. Dickinson evokes sorrow as she describes how her life
closed twice.

michaela from United States
Comment 48 of 665, added on February 24th, 2008 at 7:20 PM.

This poem is about her great sense of loss of two people really close to
her. Her line " my life closed twice before its close" is her way of saying
that she felt like she died too when they died. While reading this, i didnt
really have a big emotional connection to it because I have never had
someone really close die before. Death is a huge event and a very emotional
one; I cant imagine how she felt. This poem explains alot though of what
she felt and the pain she was going through.

Amanda from United States
Comment 47 of 665, added on February 20th, 2008 at 1:54 AM.

Emily Dickinson Conveys that part of her has already died before death.
When a loved one is lost such pain is felt is like you feel like there
isn't much left of you anymore. Severe emotional pain can hurt just as bad
as physical pain. In the line "If Immortality unveil A third event to me"
shows she has already died and one more event can't do too much more
damage. Her usage of "heaven" and "hell" shows where one will go after

Angela from United States
Comment 46 of 665, added on February 24th, 2008 at 5:09 PM.

Dickinson’s portrayal of her life in the poem created a gloomy feeling in
me for her. As she flashed back on the two events in her life, a sense of
sadness produced. Her “life closed twice before its close” because of two
“events” in her life that gave her great pain; this pain was so immense
that she felt as if she was no longer living. Her life “remains to see”
because she never actually “parted to heaven” yet. After reading this, I
looked back on my life to recall events where I felt “closed” before my
time. She also brings to mind that when people die, they know it’s all they
need to experience heaven but also to attend hell.

Tahira W. 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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