My life closed twice before its close —

My life closed twice before its close —
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me

So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem My life closed twice before its close —

68 Comments

  1. ass says:

    when she says that it is “So huge and hopeless to concieve” she is not saying that it is bad, but that it is too complicated to know its actual meaning.

  2. Dylan Price says:

    when she says that the afterlife is “so hopeless to conceive,” she brings forth the opinion that life may be just as bad as after-life. We can prove this by her relationship between Heaven and Hell, her uncertainty in death and her use of the word “hopeless,” in line five.
    In the final two lines of the poem, Emily Dickinson relates heaven and hell together as one in the same. She uses the word Parting in the sense of leaving loved ones behind and so she is saying that leaving loved ones behind is the only thing that Heaven guarantees us and that Hell is being somewhere without loved ones. So, Dickinson went against her Protestant upbringing and tried to make the point that there are is no guaranteed goodness after death and that Heaven and Hell may be the same thing. Her usage of unnerving words shows her uncertain thought process.
    In line five, Dickinson says, “so hopeless to conceive,” which brings to light her view on Heaven. In an attempt to show the world that heaven is not a certainty. She goes against her Protestant upbringing with a controversial view on the basis of Christianity. She uses the word Hopeless with the intention of implying without faith. She has no faith that death will be as good as life; she is even skeptical about it.
    In the poem, Dickinson says “her life closed twice before its close,” and that a third event is “huge and hopeless to conceive.” Since the narrator is writing this poem from the grave and she says that there were only two closings, deaths, in her life before her actual death, one can infer that her third closing is her death. She says that her death is “so huge, so hopeless to conceive,” and therefore is uncertain that an afterlife even exists. The interesting contradiction in the poem is that the narrator is writing from the grave and says she is uncertain about the existence of an afterlife. This paradox shows Emily Dickinson’s unorthodox writing style.
    Having always pushed the limits of poetry and setting new poetic boundaries, Dickinson reveals her skeptical views on afterlife in this poem. This poem was a way for Emily Dickinson to rebel against common religion and reveal her true views about Christianity.

  3. Andrew says:

    The second sense of these few lines could have more to do with one’s individual spiritual life. Sadly, this second sense is much more negative and depressing than the last one. The words, “My life” could very well be symbol for the spiritual state of the soul having closed off the light of Christ which dwells within man. Thus, mortal sin is a symbol for this closing. This closing could also be a spiritual blindness, the sinner is unable to see how grievously he has sinned, either because he has willingly closed off his conscience, which tells him what is right and wrong, or because through habit, the eye of his conscience has become dimmed, so he can no longer judge with an open and clean conscience, but with a conscience shut off to the light of Christ. Moving on, the two words “closed twice” could mean the eternal death that we all fear (the pains of hell, the eternal loss of God, closed off from him forever.) Because the sinner refused the Divine Grace which was offered him to convert, he died in his closed state of soul, and thus lost the hope of eternal salvation. And yet, though his body died, his soul lived on. That is the meaning of the last lines, “and yet it remained to see immortality unveil a third event to me.” The life of the soul remains, living on, and will remain to see the final resurrection when his body will come to share in the soul’s suffering and loss of God.

  4. Andrew says:

    One could look at this little stanza two different ways or senses.. A way of doing this could be done by looking at the first line, “My life closed twice before its close.” Someone’s life closed twice, ended twice. However, this is not a bodily death, or closing, but a spiritual one. This first line is an image for Adam’s fall into sin, his fall was the first close. Though we are not literally Adam, we are his sons because Adam was the first man and the Father of all men, thus we merit the effects of his sin, as well as the punishment due to his fall. So “My” could be understood in the sense that the speaker is acknowledging that he is guilty and not merely putting all the blame on Adam. But what of the second close? The first line reads, “My life closed twice…”, not once! The second “close” is man’s personal sin. Personal sin is taken as the sins of Adam’s descendants, me, you, his sons, his daughters, etc. Though we are all guilty due to Adam’s sin, we are also guilty every time each one of us sins individually, by our own free choice. So in other words, to join the two ideas together, man sins twice. Once, Adam sins in the garden, punishing us all in the process, and ruining not only his chances of salvation, but our hopes as well, and even though we did not sin in the garden, we sin now, individually, and offend God. Every time man sins, especially grievously (and the closing theme seems to imply nothing other than a serious sin, eg, mortal), his soul is robbed of Divine Grace, and the doors of heaven are “closed” to him. Eternal life is shut out to him, and it is only by repentance that he can hope to have it reopened to him.

  5. Audrey says:

    in my opinion, this poem is quite complex. i had to read it time and time again, but i eventually came to an understanding. she tries to fit so much information and feeling into one line, that it is difficult to understand what she is trying to get through. but when she wrote these poems she had no intention of showing them to anyone so i would probably do the exact same thing that she had. see she was a very closed off person and when she died, they found over 2000 poems in her dresser drawers and scattered all around her bedroom. she was a very bright person, being educated from a wealthy society. i just wish she knew how famous she had become before she had passed away, considering she is a very well known american poet. pretty ironic, huh?

  6. Elaine George says:

    My understanding of this poem is as follows.

    I died twice within this life
    when 2 I loved … found immortality
    Now I am left to live in dread
    Perchance the thought of three

    These thoughts consume me endlessly
    Of those that twice before me fell
    Only the living suffer death
    And know the fire of hell.

    Elaine

  7. nicole says:

    In this poem Emily Dickson describe the pain she experience when she loses a love one. She shows how the lost of a love one cuts deep. Dickson wants us to realize that when love ones leave they are going to a better place. It’s ok for us to be sad and cry, but soon are tears need to turn into tears of joy. I understand that losing people is hard and you never want to see them leave but it’s for the better. They are in a better place, a place were we want to go. “Parting is all we know of hell.” The word “Immortality” tells us that if we go to heaven then we will never die. We will live a never ending life.

  8. Victor says:

    In the poem “My life closed twice before its closed” Dickenson describes the feeling of a loved one that she has lost. Dickenson tries to convey her message of death comes before you know it. I think that this poem made me think of how short our lives could be, and how losing a loved one makes you go into sadness, so that kills you twice so then you are just waiting for your own death to complete the third event. The line “My life closed twice before its close” is the line that made me realize how short is life. “If immortality unveil A third event to me” this explains that after her second death which was her soul she’s just waiting for her own death to complete the third event. The words immortality and unveil are really important, that explains that she is not immortal and someday she’s going to die.

  9. Alyssa Baggett says:

    In “My life closed twice before its close” Emily Dickinson uses her experience in
    grieving and her acceptance of the deaths to go on living. She expressed in lines three,
    four and five, “It yet remains to see/ If Immortality unveil/ A third event to me.” She
    meant that even though the death of the two loved ones occurred, they are still with her
    throughout her life and will lead her to her death. She felt the people she lost will stand
    beside her and lead her in life because they will always be with her. In line seven
    Dickinson stated “Parting is all we know of Heaven.” She described Heaven as a place
    you are sent when your time is up, until the next time comes. In everybody’s life they
    have to experience parting of their loved ones for awhile, and then they meet again when
    the deaths are completed. Parting of all loved ones has to occur and to Heaven it’s all
    they know because parting always occurs. Dickinson uses the words “Hopeless” and
    “Huge” which she described as how she felt when she lost her two people she loved, and
    how it affected her and how big it really was to lose the people.

  10. Bryan Moore says:

    In this poem, “My life colsed twice before it close”, it’s expressing the fact if a great tragedy happens and youre not really expecting it, it will tear you to pieces and make you think your life isn’t worth living because you lost on that you loved so much. Its an emotional battle you face when somebody you love passes away. “So huge so hopeless to conceive,” tells us that things we never imagined are possible and real for us today. She shows that when a second death arrives life shows no meaning or purpose.

  11. christina says:

    My life closed twice before its close

    In this poem, Emily Dickinson expresses about how two people close to her dies and she feels lonely and hopeless. I never had an experience where anybody close to me has died, so I don’t exactly know how it feels to lose somebody very close to you. I imagine it would be very heartbreaking, knowing that the one person you loved has just gone away in a blink of an eye. “So huge, so hopeless to conceive. As these that twice befell”. This line is expressing the death of the two people is a big deal that it is hard to believe that they are gone. “Immortality”, this word is expressing that how she gets to live and the people that died are gone. “Conceive”, this word expresses in the poem how it is hard to believe that someone close just died.

  12. Christina A. says:

    “my life closed twice before its close”Emily Dickinson expresses how she had died inside twice before she has truly made her path to her death. The two deaths may be the memory of when the love of her life and her father died before she did. In these lines,
    “If immortality unveil
    a third event to me…”
    She cites how long death seems away from her. The use of the word immortality highlights how long she thinks death has eluded her. she awaits death for the eternity of the rest of ther lifetime.

  13. Rose says:

    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.

  14. nicole says:

    In this poem Dickinson describes the emotional battle you face when a loved one passes away. She describes the losses as suck an impact that its almost pointless for her to continue life. Dickinson tone in the poem makes the reader feel remorse and upset for her. Describing her fellings when she states, “So huge. so hopeless to conceive as these that twice befell.” Using the word “hopeless” and “parting” describes to the reader just how immense a loss this was for Dickinson. “My life closed twice before its close–” seems like Emily Dickinson venting her feelings of lossing a major part of her life.

  15. Mark Kimata says:

    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.

  16. Michael P. says:

    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 seen.

  17. RoRo G says:

    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.

  18. Joye B. says:

    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.

  19. Simone says:

    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.

  20. michaela says:

    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.

  21. Amanda says:

    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.

  22. Tahira W. says:

    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.

  23. Colin Butler says:

    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.

  24. alexandra and elexis says:

    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.

  25. Briana Brunson says:

    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.

  26. Eric Monroe says:

    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.”

  27. Hai says:

    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.

  28. Megan OC says:

    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.

  29. Lakiva S. says:

    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.

  30. Jacquie says:

    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

  31. Joelle F. says:

    The message Dickinson is trying to get across is the feeling a near death experience can leave you with. As life flashes before your eyes, you get a glimpse of Heaven and one of Hell. She says “it yet remains to see if immortality unveil a third event to me” which leads readers to believe that she has conquered death twice already and hopes to stay immoral should it face her again. It really reaches me emotionally because of the truth I find in the saying “one does not truly live until they have faced death.” A person doesn’t see how precious, truly precious life is until they see how fast it can be taken away from them.

  32. Kayla Evelyn says:

    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.

  33. Angela says:

    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 death.

  34. Karen says:

    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.

  35. Karen says:

    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.

  36. alexandra and elexis your favorites says:

    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.

  37. Patrick says:

    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.

  38. yanet says:

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

  39. Amanda says:

    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.

  40. Jessica says:

    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.

  41. Marian says:

    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.

  42. Jake says:

    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

  43. Christine M. 14 yr old says:

    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!

  44. Rachel T. says:

    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.

  45. Cherell B. says:

    This poem to me says, how this person lost two important things in their life and is curious on whether she will be next. This poem expresses sorrow and sadness about the death of someone close to you. and the meaning “my life closed twice before its close” means her life ended before she died.

  46. Katrina Morris says:

    This poem has a lot to do with life. Events that happened in her life she overlooked them. She wasn’t paying any attention to them. As her life was changeing drastic things were happening. She finally realized that her life would come to a end. She was dealing with heaven and hell.

  47. Nick says:

    This poem is about how she lost two important things in her life. There was three imortant things in her life and thats what her life was about. There were two things and her own death that were most important to her. The other two closed in her life before her own life came to an end. Once she had lost everything important to her, the only thing she had left was her own death.

  48. Brandon says:

    This poem mentions three main events in just about everyone’s life: experiencing life, experiecing a death, and then experiencing your own death. Each of these events cause pain and suffering. Even though these things are part of life and death, they must be expericened at some point and time to make life complete. With death comes sorrow and grieving and Dickinson shows that in her poem. She seems somewhat frustrated with the fact that certain things must be experienced in a life time, but she comes to the terms that she must deal with it. Her way of getting through it was by writing a poem about.

  49. Brittney says:

    When Emily says that her life has closed twice before its closed she is sayin that she has lost something or maybe even someone that was close to her and caused her some hardship. The third event she might be talkin about is that she may be coming to the actual thing, death. She seems almost as if it doesnt bother her to much because shes already lost the important things in her life. She also speaks of heaven so the two losses in her life could have been deaths of two people she was close to. Emily is basically saying that she will get to see them soon.

  50. Saud says:

    This poem talks about how she had two sad deaths in her life. Those two sad parts were when her father and the man she was falling for died. She believes that she has no other things to live for in life. Also that she has suffered enought and is ready to die now and is waiting for that day. All she knows after this is either heaven or hell.

  51. Herold says:

    From the poem, “My life closed twice before its close,” Emily Dickinson speaks about the three closings in her life. The first closing being the death of her father. The second closing being the death of her mother. The two deaths in her life hurt her in many ways concealing her to her own room in her home. The last closing being her death.

  52. Nick says:

    This poem is talking about how she lost two important things in her life before her own life had ended. there was three things in her life that meant the most and two were closed and taked away from her before her own life was closed.

  53. Dustin says:

    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.

  54. katie says:

    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.

  55. Fernando says:

    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.

  56. Kaitlin says:

    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

  57. Christina says:

    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….

  58. Moriah says:

    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.

  59. Min Yee says:

    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 them.”

    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.

  60. JoAnna says:

    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.

  61. MAria Azar says:

    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.

  62. Margaret says:

    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?”

  63. Erin says:

    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.

  64. Des2988 says:

    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.

  65. Kristen says:

    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.

  66. Tristen says:

    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)

  67. Katy says:

    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.

  68. Bob says:

    This poem is cool

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