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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

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Kelly Walsh

on 30 April 2010

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Transcript of I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain 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

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

And 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 I hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing – then -
The person was picturing a funeral in their mind and it continued until they felt like they were going numb. They sensed a part of them was dying and they pictured a casket being carried away. They felt alone and that they've turned into a different race from everyone else. Finally they lost all hope and they fell into a different world. Theme You go through a lot of suffering and depression
when you feel like you are losing a sense of
yourself or a part of you is dying.
This person suffered when the service was beating
and making her mind go numb. She became wrecked
and solitary when she felt that she was turning into
“some strange race." (15) She “finished knowing” what was
happening to her, therefore she lost a part of herself.
Subject The subject of the poem is about
going through depression because
this person is going insane. Voice The tone of the poem is mournful,
gloomy, and disturbed.
The tone is revealed through words
such as “mourners,” “numb,” “silence,”
“wrecked,” and “solitary.”
The tone allows the reader to
feel the pain that the speaker
feels and to understand what
they’re going through at this point
in their life.
More Voice The speaker of the poem feels
lost in herself because the problems
that she’s feeling are internal.
Throughout the poem, the speaker is
falling deeper and deeper into insanity
until finally she has lost herself in it completely.
Figures of Speech Metaphor: The mourners are an expression
of the the pain that the speaker is going
through. The funeral is a metaphor of the
speaker dying in some form.
Simile: The service kept beating like a drum. “creak across my soul” is like walking all over someone, or someone or something taking advantage of you.
Sound The poem is cacophony because it has many inharmonious sounds.
It’s presented in an “ABCD” rhyme scheme.
No onomatopoeia
No consonance
No alliteration
No assonance Lyric and Narrative Concerns Words The diction is predominantly concrete because it’s describing the physical things that are happening to the speaker. Like when the speaker "dropped down, and down –" (18)
The shift of the poem starts where the speaker completely loses herself and no longer has control over what’s happening to her.
There are no allusions.
Sayings and Suggestions An important connotation in the poem is the funeral which implies that a part of the speaker has died because they’re going insane.
The “Plank in Reason” (17) is a symbol of the last part of the speaker that’s still sane. When the plank breaks, that’s when she’s gone completely insane.
Imagery Through out the poem there are always at least two words that develop a regular word scheme. The significance of the rhymes better representation of what's going on in the poem.
Form Imagery is everywhere in this poem, at any one time you can get a clear picture of what is happening in the head of the speaker.
An examples of imagery is when the “Plank in Reason, broke, /And I dropped down, and down –” (17-18) the reader can see the speaker breaking a plank and falling into a deep dark hole to nowhere. The effect of this is that the reader can get a good picture of what is happening in the speakers mind.
The poem is written in closed form, and is also put in alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter.
The significance of it being in closed form is that it makes the poem flow easier.
Auditory: "A service like a drum-
kept beating-beating-" (6-7) This
lets the reader get a sence of
what it sounds like in the speakers
Visual: "And then a Plank in Reason,
broke,/ And I dropped down, and
down –" (17-18) When this is said
the reader pictures a plank breaking
and the speaker falling down.
No gustatory
No olfactory
Personification: "[She heard a Box]
creak across her soul."
No hyperbole
No metonymy
No synecdoche
No paradox
No puns the poem is in first person point of view
When the speaker says, "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" (1) We realize this by the usage of "I" and "my." Rhythm Scansion and meter shown later. The level of usage she uses is
formal, but its on the edge of
insanity. The effect of the authors rhythm
is that it is choppy in spots, making the
reader catch onto the speakers growing
insanity. No irony And now,
a funeral
for your
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