At a glance:
- Author: Emily Dickinson
- First Published: 1896
- Type of Poem: Lyric
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry
- Subjects: Death or dying, Funeral rites or ceremonies, Bereavement or grief, Rites or ceremonies, Life and death, Reason or reasoning, Soul, Brain, Coffins
Like all Emily Dickinson’s poems, this one bears no title. The usual way of referring to a Dickinson poem is therefore through either its first line or its assigned number in Thomas Johnson’s definitive edition. “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” is vintage Dickinson in both form and theme, given to homely illustration from life—here a funeral—simplicity of construction, irregular rhyme, and a preoccupation with death in a context of somber meditation. Outwardly a simple poem, it is one of several that Dickinson wrote not only to note the pervasiveness of death...
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