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

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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 with mourners who "Kept treading—treading," and a service that "Kept beating—beating"; the repetition of these actions seems to imply a kind of grating monotony, and this "numb[s]" her mind. The mourners "lift a Box" which is likely the coffin that bears her sanity, and then they "creak across [her] Soul / With those same Boots of Lead . . ." The sound of the heavy boots worn by the mourners...

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