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

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Comment 9 of 619, added on April 30th, 2005 at 2:26 PM.

This poem is showing two major losses in the speakers life but they don't
necessarily have to be deaths. One of the losses could have a been a big
break up and that part of her life closed because the speaker was forced to
put away the loving feelings she had for that person. Also, the last two
lines of this poem are so huge but yet just small lines that express this
amazing and profound thought.

JoAnna from United States
Comment 8 of 619, added on March 14th, 2005 at 3:55 PM.

In order to understand her stand toward death you have to read the poem
froma more generalized view. It could most certaintly be that the thrid
even is her death, like the three stages of life. However, she p]laces
immoratlity as more sup[reme than heaven or hell, for she experienced those
in life. Moreover, she does not look at immortality from a hopelessly
perspective. Try to give it a second read after this comment and maybe
you'll understand my stand.

MAria Azar from United States
Comment 7 of 619, added on February 19th, 2005 at 2:50 PM.

I also wonder if the times that Emily's "life closed twice before its
close" refers to her reaction upon the death or departure of people close
to her. Knowing that it is likely that she suffered from manic-depression,
I must include the possibility that the two episodes refer to periods of
deep depression, which is like death. If so, she is asking about the
afterlife. Will it be "heavenly?"

Margaret from United States
Comment 6 of 619, added on January 12th, 2005 at 5:49 PM.

In this poem, I think Dickinson is expressing her sorrow at having two
major losses in her life and is waiting to see if there will be any more
sorrow for her, or maybe the third event is her death itself. Also, I think
she struggled with the concept of death and is frustrated by losing those
close to her to death. The only thing she knows of heaven is that you have
to leave people that you love behind to live the rest of their lives when
you go to heaven, where being away from them at all is the true definiton
of hell.

Erin from United States
Comment 5 of 619, added on January 3rd, 2005 at 6:56 PM.

I read this poem over and over again thinking that i would finally
understand, but I haven't, at least not yet. Well, I think that this poem
has something to do with Emily seeing death before she dies because in the
poem she says "If immortality un veil," meaning either that she had a near
death experience or that she saw a ghost of one of her friends or family
members.

Des2988 from United States
Comment 4 of 619, added on December 23rd, 2004 at 1:19 AM.

I don't think Dickinson is hard to analyze at all. I think that's partly
because I can relate to her. Her poetry sometimes seems so obvious to me.

Kristen from United States
Comment 3 of 619, added on December 12th, 2004 at 2:06 PM.

if u guys give it a little more time, and u read it u'll realize that maybe
shes noting two major events like losing some one or sumthing before she
dies. (or the person)

Tristen from United States
Comment 2 of 619, added on December 1st, 2004 at 10:09 AM.

Actually this poem is very abstract and has somewhat of a complex analysis
and because of that, a lot of people, including me, don't enjoy reading
Emily Dickinson as much as others. Her poems must be analyzed just to
understand the true meaning of them. She had an excellent view of society
for someone that never went outside of her house.

Katy from United States
Comment 1 of 619, added on November 11th, 2004 at 10:14 AM.

This poem is cool

Bob from United States

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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
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Poem of the Day: Jul 12 2009


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