Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery on millions of eligible domestic and international items, in addition to exclusive access to movies, TV shows, and more. Back to top. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Audible Download Audio Books. In this final stanza, the speaker becomes entirely aware of what has been happening to her. The funeral she felt in her brain, was her own.
The coffin was her own. She is silent, because she is dead.
She is blind, because her eyes have been closed in death. She can hear, and she can feel, but she is no longer a living, breathing human being.
A Short Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s ‘I felt a Funeral, in my Brain’
Worlds of different thoughts hit her as she plunged to her final resting place. Perhaps she felt confusion, panic, wonder, maybe even acceptance. The speaker does not explicitly explain the content or significance of the worlds that she experienced as she was being lowered into her grave, but she does reveal that when she came to the very bottom o f her grave, the full realization of her own death dawned on her. Subscribe to our mailing list and get new poetry analysis updates straight to your inbox.
Allisa graduated with a degree in Secondary Education and English and taught World Literature and Composition at the high school level. She has always enjoyed writing, reading, and analysing literature. This is a simplistic evaluation of the poem and I really enjoyed it. It also helped my understanding of the poem better that when I first read it. Thank you. As being a through and easy-to-understand explanation, but it was just that; an explanation not an interpretation. For instance it does not tell us why the poet is trying to illustrate and draw such a picture.
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But again great user-friendly explanation, thanks. Emily Dickinson. Prev Article Next Article. Get more Poetry Analysis like this in your inbox Subscribe to our mailing list and get new poetry analysis updates straight to your inbox. Related Posts. Olusegun Babalola April 20, Nandana July 7, Lee-James Bovey August 7, However, from the line "Then Space -- began to toll" through the end of the poem, something else entirely is happening.
ED breaks through to an experience that is impersonal and liberating -- a direct experience that is unfiltered, not obscured by the depression and stress of the prior stanzas. The experience is vast and lonely -- if the self is transcended, what would be the experience?
The last stanza of the poem describes something far from a mental breakdown. Reason, the logical mind, does not operate without reference points.
If the poet is operating from the reference point of self, then everything is measurable and comprehensible -- graspable -- based on that. With reason and logic, we are in the realm of EDs poems that use metaphors of measurement and mathematics and limits.
But in the last stanza of this poem, all that is transcended. What is experienced is beyond reason -- but entirely sane.
An Interpretation of Emily Dickinson's Poem I Felt a Funeral in My Brain
It is the ineffable experience of truth -- the poet finishes -- knowing -- then. If you ask what is known, you have not shared the transcendent experience of the poem. I think I see what you mean: to finish "knowing" is, Buddha-like, to arrive at a place where the word has no particular meaning. In ED's case it might not mean enlightenment, and it may have come about through pain including physical torment , but she has arrived at a transcendent experience.
The rather cosmic Silence is a good indicator. Thanks for articulating this. You caught me! I am a Buddhist -- so it colors my view.
I certainly don't expect that ED's poetry has anything explicitly or implicitly to do with Buddhism. However she was influenced by Transcendalism and there is a footprint there As always one major doorway to transcendence is death, and in this poem it is the death of thought itself. Lonely is different than solitary. I thought my mind was going numb is different than the actual Sense. In one teaching the Buddha said in hearing let it only be hearing, in seeing, only the seeing and the se for all sensing. To finish: the same for all sensing, even thinking, which ends the subject object duality of I hear this.
ED arrives at this non dual awareness through silence. When she falls through the plank of reason the end if knowing is the end of words being able to designate. She does not need to read Transcendentalists or know anything about Buddhism to arrive in vivo at her own mystic understanding. I think "Knowing" must apply to more than words.