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My life closed twice before its close; Analysis



Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 1442





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.








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I like chinchillas! I also think Emily is sad over a loss that recently happend in her life

| Posted on 2012-03-27 | by a guest


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she is depressed because a loved one is gone and wants to be alone and is in shock. She doesnt want people to bother her what she is experiencing is worse than death to her.

| Posted on 2012-02-16 | by a guest


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she is lost and deprest and the only way she will feel any thing if that person would come back but since she knows it is impossible she is living in hell for his or her loss.

| Posted on 2011-04-30 | by a guest


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My life closed twice before it\'s close? Her love life! I understood this as a 15 year old when George Hunt, SJ asked me in class. I was so much older then. Twice: I\'m very lucky!
This has always been one of my favorite poems, as I walk from plank to plank.
John

| Posted on 2010-12-31 | by a guest


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how would you paraphrase this poem in one sentence?

| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest


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I think she suffered a loss, which caused her so much pain that she couldn't imagine anything worse, not even death, which she had yet to experience. This might have been referring to what led to her seclusion; what thing or event made her so miserable that she isolated herself from the world.

| Posted on 2010-05-04 | by a guest


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I think she suffered a loss, which caused her so much pain that she couldn't imagine anything worse, not even death, which she had yet to experience. This might have been referring to what led to her seclusion; what thing or event made her so miserable that she isolated herself from the world.

| Posted on 2010-05-04 | by a guest


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“My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close” was first published in Dickinson’s posthumous third collection, Poems by Emily Dickinson, third series, in 1896. Scholars do not know when it was written. The poem has also been published in some other anthologies under the name “ Parting.” Like much of Dickinson’s best work, this poem is simultaneously personal and universal. On a personal level, the poem’s speaker is telling of the losses he or she has suffered, so painful that they were like death itself. Though the speaker has not yet experienced real, physical death, he or she cannot bear to imagine anything that could be more terrible than the two deprivations already experienced. The speaker does not tell us what these losses were, but one might imagine some bereavement—the death of a loved one, the end of a passionate affair.

On a universal level, the poem poignantly describes the great tragedy of human life, for to be human is to suffer loss. In the final two lines of the poem, Dickinson creates a brilliant paradox, a statement that seems contradictory but might really be expressing a truth. Here heaven and hell, great symbolic opposites according to conventional wisdom, come together in their relationships to the word “parting.” If there is a heaven, all we know of it is that we must leave behind our loves and lives on this earth in order to enter there. At the same time, all human beings, to some degree, have known the misery of the private hell of separation and loss because that is an unavoidable part of human experience.

| Posted on 2005-04-20 | by Approved Guest




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