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I felt a funeral, in my brain

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I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain.
I felt a funeral, in my brain
about dickinson
an American poet born in 1830
plagued by diseases during her younger age of life
died at age of 55 because of Bright' s disease.
known for her penchant for white clothing and her reluctance to greet guests.
never married throughout her life.
Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality
there are also many ways of death presented in her poems
I felt a funeral, in my brain is one of her representative works of death poems
uses the world funeral as a metaphor for the mental breakdown of the character.
amplifies her feelings as her brain collapses on itself.
uses brain to mean her mental state.
the death of her consciousness.

analyze
STANZA 2
And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum–
Kept beating–beating–till I thought
My Mind was going numb–
Title
use vivid imagery to describe the whole process of the funeral functions.
The speaker feels that after she dies, all the mourners are around her and make mourning which she thinks is noisy and disturbing.
"treading" in the line 3 brings the impression of stamping feet, indicating a kind of pressure on her mental process.
not pleased with all the mourners walking on her.
STANZA 1 :
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading–treading–till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through–
After the mourners sit down, the funeral service begins and the drum keeps beating.
simile: the service is fast like beating drum
repeats "beating" in the third line just as "treading" in the third line of the first stanza
pretty much mixed out on feeling. Her mind starts to go numb.
shifts to the word "mind", which is associated with "brain" in the first stanza.
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,
The funeral service is over because the mourners have picked up the casket so that it can be buries.
The mourners who carry the casket are wearing boots made of lead, a very heavy metal.
Last line: her mind or soul is like an entire universe containing a vast empty space.
stanza 4
As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race,
Wrecked, solitary, here -
metaphor: the heavens are compared to a bell; being( the description of herself) is compared to an ear.
represents the utter turmoil in her mind like a bell. The only sense perception working in her mind is her hearing ability.
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–
Theme
-When people lose their desires to live, there is a great possibility that they are dead in their mind.

-Physical death is not the only mean of death, people can also be mentally dead, which is more serious.
The "plank" is the only
thing that made her
to live on. When it breaks, she gives up continuing her life. At last, she does not even know where and what she is in a sense that everything around her is the same.
atmosphere & settings
The atmosphere of the poem is mournful and sad
Gives readers a feel of gloomy throughout the poem
Setting is a funeral held in the speaker's brain
The speaker is witnessing his/her own funeral
I felt a Funeral
(metaphor)
, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading–treading–till it seemed
(repetition)
That Sense was breaking through–

And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum–
(simile)
Kept beating–beating–till I thought
(repetition)
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,
(metaphor)
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
(alliteration)
Wrecked
(onomatopoeia)
, 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–
work cited
by emily dickinson
-Nicole, Mohr. “Emily Dickinson's Poem "I Felt a Funeral in My Brain." Yahoovoice. N.p. 5 May. 2006. Web. 1 May.2014.
-M.K, Rukhaya. “Critical Essay: Symbolism in Dickinson's "I Felt a Funeral in My Brain." Brighthubeducation. N.p. 11 Sep. 2012. Web. 1 May. 2014.
Emily is depressed and despairing for her life.
has died in her mind.
conflicting feelings that she fears death but also is eager to release from death
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