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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

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Transcript of I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

I felt a Funeral,
in my Brain What It means Poetic Devices Theme Central Idea How does the theme convey the poem's message? Images of the Theme The central idea consist mostly of the narrator going through a difficult time. She has been depressed and is now finally shutting down, or going crazy in other words. Her mind is going numb. Her soul is dieing. She is becoming a shell and she is going insane. She is gone from the world around her and she cant do anything. The message of this poem is about suffering. She says the floor beneath her breaks yet she doesn't say if she does anything. It seems there's things done to her, most of all noise. She states that people walk on her and then she hears a drumbeat until she goes numb. She finishes by stopping in the middle of her death. This could be taking as her death, or her inability to remember anything any longer because she is now insane. Tone In this poem the tone is the narrator's verge of a mental breakdown. It says, "And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down- ". She explained how all good reason was gone and she fell deep down into depression. The death of her mind. Personification "That Sense was breaking through-". This is an example of personification because "sense" or reason can't break through. Its been giving a human trait. Onomatopoeia There are a few good examples of onomatopoeia in this poem. There is "beating, beating" which was explaining the sound her heart, raising the anxiety of a reader. There is also"creak", the sound of the casket opening across her soul. Her death. Similes A simile we found was, "A service, like a drum". In this line the funeral service (failure of her brain) is beating like a drum. She explains that this feeling makes her feel like her brain is going numb as the sound goes on and on. Who is The Subject Why do you think she wrote this? Emily Dickinson wrote this poem because she probably had some terrible events happen in her life. She is now alone and depressed. Her mind is going crazy, and she is realizing this. She begins to breakdown. What are they talking about? By Anna Boustead, Josie Wyrick, and Reina Ramirez What Does the Title Mean When is the poem happening? What is the poets attitude? How does the poem shift Emily makes the poem seem very depressing. She is showing how a mental breakdown of her brain is like its own funeral. Its depressing and scary to her. This poem does not shift between people or times. It is always written in Emily's mind, and there is no feeling of time. Metaphors The narrator is the subject in this poem. The narrator is Emily. She is writing about herself and her feelings. Alliteration Imagery Point of view "As all the Heavens were a Bell" is a metaphor in this poem. She was trying to show how she was an ear and the rest of the world was full of bells. They were ringing out for her to listen and she couldn't take anymore. "Funeral" could be a metaphor for how she's losing herself but the poem never tells you that in plain words. The words "felt" and "funeral" are an example of alliteration along with "treading", "treading", and "till". "Being" and "but", and"silence" and "strange". "When" and "were", "beating" and "beating", "mind" and "my". Side-by-side
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,
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-- 3-5 sentences 3-5 sentences 3-5 sentences Emily Dickinson The poem in our words What makes this American literature? There is no curtain amount of time that this poem talks about. It could have happened in an hour, or even over a few days. No one is sure. This poem creates a clear picture of what is happening in Emily's mind. She used words like "Treading", "Breaking", "Seated", and "Drum". all these words were telling what was going on around her in her mind, amplifying her distress. The point of view of this poem is first person. Emily is explaining what is happening in her head as she is breaking down. Full of stress, she is on the verge if a mental breakdown. The narrator is talking about the funeral of her brain. As the "casket" is lowered, her brain begins shutting down. She realizes she is going crazy.
In the title "I Felt a Funeral in my Brain" Emily uses the word funeral almost as a metaphor for the mental breakdown of the character. She is trying to amplify her feelings as her brain collapses on itself.
She uses Brain to mean her mental state as well as the actual organ. This poem shows the main character breaking down, finally, after tons of depression and anxiety. Emily tells about how it is as if a funeral is going on inside her brain, mentally and physically. She is shutting down and in the last line, stopping mid-sentence. She can not go on, She doesn't seem to be able to do anything. She is falling into a dark place never to come back again. I Felt a Funeral in my Brain
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,
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-- American literature its a mixture of different writing techniques. Emily Dickinson has a variety of things she used. She didn't do rhyming as every other poet of the time did. She made the lines her own, creating a new form of american literature that we know as free verse My thoughts are full of sorrow,
My mind was going crazy,
Never calming until it was too late and
I realized what was happening And when all was calm
I only felt the beating of my heart
Over and over again till
I was completely numb And then I felt it closing,
The opening of my soul,
As the same heavy feelings entered,
My mind lost it's calmness, and everything went wrong I feel like everyone is a bell, ringing out loud
And I am only an ear to listen
Alone, and in silence
Destroyed and left here The Rationality that has supported me has broken
And i fell in to the darkest place
I smash through all other feelings on my way down
and I ended, knowing--then--
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