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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

The imagery in this poem by Dickinson is used to describe the process of moving from great suffering towards death and the final moments of a human life. Dickinson makes great use of a range of...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2013, 8:07 am (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

Although the "great pain" Dickinson refers to is ambiguous--it could be the pain of losing a loved one to death or the loss of love or friendship--she accurately describes how someone reacts to a...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

Recognized by critics as one of her great poems about death, Emily Dickinson's "After Great Pain A Formal Feeling Comes," describes death as both grotesque yet compelling, frightening, but...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2010, 6:10 am (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

Dickinson seems to describe the first stage of grief as a "great pain." After this first stage, she describes a "formal feeling" where one's nerves are quiet and one's heart is "stiff": after great...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018, 12:33 am (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

Of all of these lines from the poem "After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes," the one in which punctuation most fully leads to a feeling that time is passing slowly is the following, the last...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2020, 12:28 am (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

Denotation is the exact meaning of a word; connotation refers to the meanings/temperatures of the word ... what it says or suggest over and above the meaning.In this poem, almost all of the images...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2008, 6:25 am (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

One of the great strengths of this poem is the way in which Dickinson uses surprising and yet accurate figurative language to compare the stage of grief that this poem focuses on. Throughout the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

In this poem, Dickinson's speaker describes what it feels like to exist in the environment around her while numbed with grief. This is a subjective perception of grief, a personal record of the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021, 2:37 am (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

Yes. Dickenson recreates the suffering we go through after a terrible shock. She does not say what the specific pain is --- but it really doesn't matter, it is a terrible psychological pain. She...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2011, 12:54 pm (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

I would want to explore the imagery of this excellent poem in response to this question. What makes this poem such an accurate reflection of the experience of the body and mind going through grief...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012, 5:24 pm (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

While specific detail can make writing more vivid, it can also make it difficult for readers to relate when the detail described is completely outside of his or her experience. Much of Dickinson's...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

I would say that Dickinson is not necessarily suggesting that sorrow can make people see beauty where they did not see it before in her poem "After great pain a formal feeling comes". Instead, one...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2011, 7:07 am (UTC)

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

In her poem "After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes," I agree that Dickinson leaves out the reason for the pain because it is not important to the poem. The poem focuses on the feeling of...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020, 5:24 am (UTC)

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