In "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain," what are the boots of lead and what do they symbolize?
In this poem, Emily Dickinson is describing a mental breakdown that is caused by the heavy despair and pain that the subject's life has caused her to feel. The funeral is for the sanity of the subject, as she sinks into depression.
The lead boots are symbolic of the problems or disappointments of life that like, the heavy weight of lead trample on the subject to sink her into a a world of mental darkness. Her sorrows are so great that their heaviness weighs her down, she can bear no more.