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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

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Stanza 1 written in the Summer of 1862 Emily Dickinson
1830- 1886 Stanza 4 As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary, here- Stanza 2 Stanza 3 And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space-began to toll, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
By: Emily Dickinson I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading - treading - till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through - Stanza 5 And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down-
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing- then- Analysis Analysis Plank in Reason:
Metaphor of Emily Dickinson's insecurities/ sanity

Worlds:
Past Memories And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum -
Kept beating - beating - till I thought
My Mind was going numb - It as though she is standing on a plank looking down. The plank then "brakes" and she "falls" through her past memories.
Looking back on the past
Sanity is breaking Meaning: Analysis Isolation
Communicating with Thomas Wentworth Higginson (a critic) she was noticing that her thoughts began to settle and narrow down the “service” (her thoughts) Writing Style Slant Rhyme Emily Dickinson wants her mind to win this "strange race." She doesn't want her mind to grow silent otherwise she would truly consider herself insane.
The "Funeral" in her brain is her mind going insane.
She feels herself slipping away from sanity.
Sense is personified as one of her thoughts
"breaking through"
The mourners are thoughts
memories, being solitary, death--cause Iambic Pentameter Works Cited Overall Meaning/Analysis of the Poem Modified version: This poem may be her realization that she is slipping away from the rest of the world, mentally. Unstressed - Stresed Melani, Lilia. "Emily Dickinson The Inner World." Cuny.edu. Brooklyn College, 25 Feb. 2009. Web. 21 March 2013.

Shmoop Editorial Team. "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain Speaker." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. I FELT a funeral in my brain,
And mourners, to and fro,
Kept treading, treading, till it seemed
That sense was breaking through.

And when they all were seated,
A service like a drum
Kept beating, beating, till I thought
My mind was going numb.

And then I heard them lift a box,
And creak across my soul
With those same boots of lead, again.
Then space began to toll

As all the heavens were a bell,
And Being but an ear,
And i and silence some strange race,
Wrecked, solitary, here. Metaphors her thoughts were so repetitive (like the beat of a drum) that they seemed almost mind numbing and unbearably boring feelings and thoughts could be attributed to spending all her days in the same house, isolated. "Plank in Reason" Capitalization "As all the Heavens were a Bell" uses emotion
stresses words the author
finds important emphasizes emotion Hyphens & Dashes "Kept treading - treading - till it seemed" abrupt pauses
sense of feeling Images this poem is an extended metaphor Emily in this poem is the observer and participant, and feels divided within her mind (Melani). As the casket is being taken, so is her sanity. Analysis Similes
uses similes to help the reader understand
how she is seeing and feeling things

use objects everyone can relate to "A Service, like a Drum - " http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/poetry_characteristics http://www.smithsonianmag.com/specialsections/where-to-live/amherst-massachusetts.html http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Technology/images/carrying-casket.jpg The funeral represents life and death, which parallels
with her life going from sanity to insanity. http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=standing+on+a+plank&oe
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading – treading – till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through –

And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum –
Kept beating – beating – till I thought
My Mind was going numb –

And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space – began to toll,

As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary, here –

And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down –
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing – then – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7v1Rq35BGY Discussion Questions 1) Why does Dickinson hide her story in an extended metaphor? Why does she not tell it out-right?

2) Why was the last stanza removed in the modified version?

And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And dropped down, and down -
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing - then -

3) Why does the poem end so abruptly? I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, A
And Mourners to and fro B
Kept treading – treading – till it seemed C
That Sense was breaking through – B

And when they all were seated, D
A Service, like a Drum – E
Kept beating – beating – till I thought F
My Mind was going numb – E

And then I heard them lift a Box G
And creak across my Soul H
With those same Boots of Lead, again, I
Then Space – began to toll, H

As all the Heavens were a Bell, J
And Being, but an Ear, K
And I, and Silence, some strange Race L
Wrecked, solitary, here – K

And then a Plank in Reason, broke, M
And I dropped down, and down – N
And hit a World, at every plunge, O
And Finished knowing – then –P fro ~ through
soul~ toll Rhyme Pattern: ABCB DEFE GHIH KJLK MNOP http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-illustration-17458572-cartoon-brain-sick.php
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