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

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Comment 46 of 656, 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
Comment 45 of 656, added on February 24th, 2008 at 4:40 PM.

This poem is expressing the loss of something special to the writer before
her life ended and how it affected her mind. In this poem, Dickinson
speaks about how she experienced two deaths before her life ended. As I
read this poem, I felt great sorrow for the writer as she has had two
traumatic deaths in her life. When Dickinson writes, “If Immortality
unveil, a third event to me”, she is speaking about her death and how she
waits for it to arrive. The word “hopeless” in the second stanza refers to
how Dickinson feels as she waits for death to greet her.

Colin Butler from United States
Comment 44 of 656, added on February 23rd, 2008 at 1:29 PM.

This poem is written by a true poet. Emily shares her heartache with all
her reader in this poem. It took me a while to really grasp the concept of
this poem and I had to look at the commebnts that people had posted to
really get a good feel for the tone and meaning of this piece of literature
from other points of views. She lost so many relatives and friends in her
lifetime that those experiences really uprooted the sadness and darkness
that is portrayed in some of her poems. I totally understand her. The first
line that says "My life closed twice" immediately lets me know that there
were two experiences in her life that put her in a deep depression, and
that it was as if her life was over, that it closed. The only thing that
can totally close the chapters in her life would be her own death, as she
says "before it's closed".She says she feels "hopeless". There is nothing
she can do about the fact that her mother, father, nephew, her lover and
her friend deaths. It's uncontolable.

Briana Brunson from United States
Comment 43 of 656, added on February 23rd, 2008 at 1:53 PM.

The poem 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.

The poem's message is pain caused by deaths and experiences Dickinson has
had. They have made her feel like she's lost a piece of herself, referring
to the title, “My life closed twice before its close." Most people can
relate to her pain having lost a family member or experienced a
traumatizing experience. She describes the pain as, "hopeless to conceive."
Her pain is so unbearable she can't even wrap her mind around it.

alexandra and elexis from United States
Comment 42 of 656, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:04 PM.

Emily Dickinson is truly a master of words. She chooses the perfect
phrasing for everything and does not make a poem that goes on forever. The
message of this poem is that losing a loved one can be equated to the death
of one's soul. As she describes the deaths spiritual and physical deaths in
lines 6-8, she says that while physical death is the only way to get to
heaven, the death of the soul is like "hell."

Eric Monroe from United States
Comment 41 of 656, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 5:26 AM.

Dickinson tries to tell us that she has had 2 death experiences in her life
and the third death experience will be her own because she said that " my
life closed twice before its close--" and that connected to her biography
where she had experienced her father and her lover died.Also she believe
that her death is unavoidable. that why she said "so huge, so hopeless to
conceive and she also mention that if "immortality unveil A third event to
me" show that the third event will be her death.

Hai from United States
Comment 40 of 656, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 1:32 AM.

Dickinson obviously has experienced death before it has happened to her
physically. She feels as if she has died twice emotionally, and she is
waiting for another tragic event to occur. In Lines 2-4:
"It yet remains to see
If Immortality unviel
A third event to me"
Those lines expresses how she is tired of going through emotional
struggles, as she tried to understand why her loved ones have passed away.
So she is just waiting for God to give her the chance to be with them
again. Dickinson also reveals that she feels God play an important role in
the deaths she has experienced, because she capitalizes "Immortality" in
line 2.

Lakiva S.
Comment 39 of 656, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 2:48 AM.

Personally, I feel that Dickinson is trying to express her opinion of
death. The title, "My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close," refers to two
life-altering experiences that take a toll on her outlook of things
forever. These types of situations help one to see the light when almost
in complete darkness.
"So huge, so hopeless to conceive,
As these that twice befell."
The above excerpt states that Dickinson found it hopeless to believe that
she neared death twice. I feel that she felt guilty of coming so close to
death as well as ashamed. However, in a sense, she might have seen loved
ones die before her sorrowful eyes too. Either way, two powerful
experiences confined her life forever.

Megan OC from United States
Comment 38 of 656, added on February 20th, 2008 at 10:11 PM.

I think this poem was Dickinson's way of expression her confusion of death
and the lasting affect on those left behind. I love her statement, "Parting
is all we know of heaven, And all we need of hell." It is powerful and
true. I think by saying " My life closed twice before its close",
Dickinson meant that she lost two important people in her life, which took
her life emotionally so it was closed before she died. It is an amazing and
powerful poem

Comment 37 of 656, added on February 20th, 2008 at 9:57 PM.

My idea of Emily's message for "My life closed twice before its close" is
that she's just trying to cope with the lose of two special people to her.
It seems that she is slightly confused, and is questioning God "If
Immortality unveil." It seems that Emily grasps the whole Heaven and Hell
concept in the after life sense. However she also pulls in the hell on
earth vibe with the lines ,"Parting is all we know of heaven,And all we
need of hell." So, Emily pulls of a sense of understanding and utter
confusion in a few powerful lines.

Kayla Evelyn 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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