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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

What is a theme present in "I Felt a Funeral in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson?  

A theme of this poem is mental suffering. The image of a funeral taking place in one's brain is an image of mental trauma. In this poem, the narrator is not simply imagining a funeral that she is...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016 11:38 pm UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

What is the tone of each line of "I felt a Funeral In My Brain"?

In the first line we are surprised that the funeral is ‘felt’ rather than experienced, and this creates a tone of depression or a terminal view of the imagination coming to an end. The second and...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2011 7:15 am UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

In "I Felt a Funeral in my brain," how does the line "And then a Plank in Reason, broke" a...

The "plank of Reason" that is breaking is the speaker's grasp on sanity. The metaphor, then, is of the tenuous hold she has had on its retention. A plank is a narrow board, often...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2008 3:24 am UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

In "I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain", what do these lines mean: "creak across my soul with those same boots of lead,...

In this poem, Dickinson relays metaphorically the possible mental breakdown of a person's sanity. It is a startling poem, and frightening, as she aggressively describes thoughts that incessantly...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2009 1:41 pm UTC

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In "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain," what are the boots of lead and what do they symbolize?

In this poem, the speaker seems to be describing her feeling that she is losing her sense, her sanity, and that she is going crazy. She characterizes this loss of sense as a funeral in her brain...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 7:13 pm UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

What is the meaning of "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain"?

This is a curious poem that can often be hard to interpret in terms of its meaning. However, it appears that this poem traces the various stages of some kind of mental breakdown, using the imagery...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2010 10:50 pm UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

How would you describe the form of the poem, "I felt a funeral, in my brain"? Is it an appropriate form for a poem...

The poem "I felt a Funeral in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson is in the form of an allegory, a tale with a literal level and one or more symbolic levels; the funeral is an exterior structure that...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2010 5:12 pm UTC

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What impact does the poem "I Felt a Funeral in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson have on the reader?

Aminadj, I think being passive is a valid response to this brilliant poem by Emily Dickinson. Indeed, every time I read her poems, even re-readthem I am struck almost dumb! Talk about passivity!...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 10:58 pm UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

In "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain," what aspects of a funeral constitute this extended metaphor?

This excellent poem by Emily Dickinson uses the extended metaphor of a funeral to describe the experience of the speaker which we can perhaps compare to a complete mental breakdown. At each stage,...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2011 8:04 pm UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

How do Dickinson's structural choices contribute to the development of a central idea in "I Felt a Funeral, In My Head"?

For her poem "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain," Emily Dickinson chose to use a standard ballad structure known as the "fourteener." This is a stanza consisting of fourteen syllables in iambic rhythm...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 3:04 pm UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

EMILY DICKINSON "I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN" What did the author trying to say when she wrote "I felt A funeral,...

Dickinson basically uses the metaphor of a funeral to describe the speaker's growing confusion as she loses mental control. The word "funeral," of course, has a strong connotation with the...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2013 3:30 pm UTC

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what is the atmosphere of this poem?

There are several complex emotions within the poem which contribute to its depressive atmosphere as the narrator moves through what appear to be the processes of a mental breakdown. There is an...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012 11:26 am UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

What are the "mourners" in this poem?

Emily Dickinson's poem, "I felt a Funeral in my Brain" is an extended metaphor for the speaker's progressive descent into madness. The lines And mourners to and fro Kept treading, treading, till...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012 1:06 am UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

Discuss the prominent theme in Emily Dickinson's poem "I Felt a Funeral In My Brain."

I think that one of the most dominant themes in the poem is the description of how difficult and challenging it is for an individual to ose their hold on what defines reality. The speaker in the...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 3:49 am UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

What is the tone and mood of "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain"?

In "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain," Emily Dickinson uses the extended metaphor of a funeral service to describe her thoughts. The tone is bleak and desolate, as one might expect a funeral to be....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020 9:29 pm UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

In "I felt a Funeral, in my brain", what seems to be the world referred to in the last stanza?

This poem of Emily Dickinson's seeks to describe a mental experience. Critics argue that the poem uses the image of the progression of a funeral to trace the stages of some kind of mental...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2010 9:27 am UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

What is the theme of the poem?

One possible theme of "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson is how fragile sanity really is. The speaker of the poem explains that their brain is slowly breaking down. It's a funeral...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019 12:16 am UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

In "I Felt a Funeral in my Brain," how does the speaker address the common point in meaningful and interesting ways?...

In "I Felt a Funeral in my Brain," Emily Dickinson's controlling metaphor of a funeral is sufficiently ambiguous that it can be interpreted in more than one way. Thus, two themes, or common...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2012 5:27 pm UTC

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How does "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" portray the loss of mental well-being?

Emily Dickinson uses the extended metaphor of a funeral to describe the experience of mental trauma. First, the speaker describes the mourners "treading - treading" inside her brain. The repetition...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 9:28 am UTC

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

What interests you or does not interest you about "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” by Emily Dickinson?

The idea of using words to depict a mental break with accepted reality is an interesting element in the Dickinson poem. I find it interesting, from the most metaphysical of senses, that Dickinson...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2012 1:11 am UTC

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