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

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Comment 16 of 626, added on January 27th, 2006 at 1:37 PM.

I like to think that in this poem Emily is mourning the deaths of two loved
ones. These prior deaths deeply wounded her and left her thinking she will
be next. I love the way Emily defines the word parting as "all we know of
Heaven and all we need of Hell". She says this because Heaven is so unknown
to the human race except for the fact that you or your soul leaves
everything on Earth behind. Also, when she expresses that parting is all we
need of Hell I beleive she has suffered from the departure of loved ones
and thinks of it as the closest pain to actual Hell.

Dustin from United States
Comment 15 of 626, added on January 26th, 2006 at 9:08 PM.

This poem is about three main events: living life, experiencing a death and
then experiencing your own. You will experience pain and suffering long
before it is relieved. Life closes at least twice before its close.

katie from United States
Comment 14 of 626, added on January 25th, 2006 at 1:38 PM.

This poem is about the sad events of her life. The two events that already
have occured: the death of her father and the death of the man who asisted
Dickinson's father for some time, which she fell in love with. She is
waiting for her death and thinking if she is next in line. She cannot
believe or bear the idea that those two are dead. We on earth know that
when we on die, their is the possibility of heaven; but we also their is
the possibility of hell.

Fernando from United States
Comment 13 of 626, added on November 9th, 2005 at 7:16 AM.

I have to research a poet for my English 2 Class, I picked Emily. I'm
having some trouble understanding the meaning of her poems. I want to use
this poem or another poem called "so bashful when I spied her".. I would
really appreciate some help with these poems. So you can E-mail me at
Autumnsiren21@aol.com Thanx

Kaitlin from United States
Comment 12 of 626, added on November 4th, 2005 at 12:32 AM.

first of all, basis of any poetry analysis, you cannot assume anything
about the speaker. there is never any mention of the poet being the
speaker or of the speaker even being female, so we don't know. however, we
can see how this might relate to her life very well.... all of the "these
might relate to deaths" are the most likely responses.... for example, her
father died and he was a key figure in her life, as well as a man who was
her guide to reading who died of TB after marrying someone, or a childhood
friend sophia....

Christina from United States
Comment 11 of 626, added on October 25th, 2005 at 8:46 PM.

Well I chose this poems to analyze for a modern poetry class, and found
myself stuck on a few things. After reading everyones comments, I would
like to say that they really helped me and I see poem 1732 in a whole new
way. As for the last line though i'd like to add my commment whether it be
legit or not. I think the "parting is all we know of heaven, and all we
need of hell" refers to the fact that she's been there, shes dealt with
these losses, and from them she's realized that dwelling on the fact that
one day her death will come, and she too will have to leave the ones she
loves is pointless. I think she has a messege in this last line. Parting
is all we know of heaven, b/c hey we know we're all going to die one day
and yeah most of us believe in this place called heaven, We've heard many
stories about it. But think about it, we havent heard much of hell. or
at least we tend to not believe in it. and thats all we need of hell. We
really dont care much to talk about, so stop dwelling on death as somthing
horrible, b/c it is indeed inevitable. It will happen on day so why count
the days until it actually does? Enjoy life and its gifts b/c tomorrow is
not promissed. And she knows this b/c she's suffered twice with something
that felt like death. A piece of her died when she lost that someone, but
she wont let it happen again. At least not until its her time, and then
god will decided. Remember she was very religious.

Moriah from United States
Comment 10 of 626, added on October 24th, 2005 at 12:36 PM.

It's a sad day when someone can write: "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

Almost all great poetry involves "work," intense involvement, thoughtful
reading. Considering that Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are, pretty much
by consensus, the two greatest American poets, it's sad that some people
are too lazy to give them a real chance.

Min Yee from United States
Comment 9 of 626, 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 626, 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 626, 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

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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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