The poems were initially unbound and published according to the aesthetics of her many early editors, who removed her unusual and varied dashes, replacing them with traditional punctuation. The use of funeral as a metaphor symbolically stands for the death of rationality. We think of the brain as an organ, one that is attached to thought and logic. The usage represents the utter turmoil in her mind like the gong of a bell. Internment is the act of burying the body in the ground.
The disintegration of the mind is nearly complete. Its metaphors, strings of yarn torn from some knitted whole and balls of yarn unraveling on the floor, are adequate to the task they are given. The beauty and force of nature as an absolute good was another transcendentalist tenet, as was the value and virtue of complete self-reliance. The mental state described here begins as a numbing, monotonous, claustrophobic feeling but proceeds to its opposite. By stanza four, what was initially a report of purely physical sensation and a remaining connection to the concrete world seems to slip away toward utter detachment.
Copyright © 1998 by The President and Fellows of Harvard College. She tells what it feels like to realize that nothing can be known at all. She describes her soul as the funeral ground, and compares the creaking of her soul to that of an old wooden floor that creaks under the pressure of someone's foot. . But the pain in this poem seems to be a necessary price to pay for progressing to a better state; the pain is part of getting rid of old ways in order that the speaker can advance to something new. The speaker has a momentary impression that reason is escaping or being lost. Funerals generally precede a burial of something that has died.
The drum-like beating of the service makes her think her mind is going numb. It opens up an entirely new realm of thought, and gives her new epiphanies into herself. Yet others see Dickinson as suggesting that some new way of perception can be attained after death if the poem is about death , and they see something more positive going on. After reading this poem a few times, I decided that the only way to comment on it was to scan all the possible meanings of certain lines and words that Dickinson chose to use. Neither Hamlet nor Feste are recollecting the insanity before them in tranquility but are instead forced by their creator to tackle a problem that he himself has a difficult time surmounting. However, in 1955, a complete and unaltered collection of her poems was published. She is portrayed as hanging on to dear sanity supported just by a plank.
Her father, Edward Dickinson, was actively involved in state and national politics, serving in Congress for one term. Though she was dissuaded from reading the verse of her contemporary by rumors of its disgracefulness, the two poets are now connected by the distinguished place they hold as the founders of a uniquely American poetic voice. Silence is alienated from the world of noise as much as the speaker is alienated from the world of rational beings. She falls down into her proverbial graveyard. The ultimate horror is this: that the inescapable activity of destruction derives much of its fearsomeness from being tied to the laws of unvarying and intractable movement--time, the third major force at work in the poem.
Of course, to add dimension to the poem, Dickinson uses numerous poetic devices to enhance the experience of reading this particular piece. The metaphor of the funeral brings in ideas of mourning, closure, depression, blankness and inactivity. On the one hand, the speaker has moved to a place that normal language cannot describe, and her speech drops off because of this. Emily Dickensen was sooo cool! The irrational impulse in her seems to beat like the funeral drum till the mind is benumbed. By the oppressive weight of the treading mourners, the sense of the speaker experiences a break-up of her rational faculties. Or does she mean she has finished with knowing because she has moved on to some better form of perception, such as feeling or intuiting or somehow connecting with the universe more successfully than through conventional forms of knowing again a more positive view? They are strangers in a foreign place, and are all alone.
Lines two and three of this first stanza move into a description of the funeral service, ignoring the limitations that it has established for itself in the first line by being only a brain. In these poems, Dickinson's confrontation with the abyss becomes the central metaphor for her vision of a world from which transcendent meaning has been withdrawn and in which, therefore, the speaker is free to reach any conclusion she wishes or, indeed, to reach no conclusion at all. In addition, as a consequence of the persistent downward motion of the poem, we see that the funeral is rendered in terms of a burial, and this fusion or confusion points to a parallel confusion between unconsciousness and death. Wolff remembers that the image of the plank is taken from the iconography and symbolizes the path of spiritual salvation, and that is only through faith, we will be able to understand why it is here. Emily Dickinson was a recluse throughout her life and incorrigibly obsessed with the concept of death. As I looked at my cartoon I quickly marked down every part that I found interesting or unique and noted in which category it fell under as well as the significance of this observation.
Part One Solitary: Deprived of the company of others; the state of being alone; a reference to solitary confinement solitary. Just as death is the only irrefutable concept in the world, she was well aware of the fact that her transport into insanity was an undeniable truth. It begins to take a toll on her. Morgan Russell Shaw English 200 6 November 2012 Essay Two — I felt a Funeral, in my Brain 1. Copyright © 1988 by Cynthia Griffin Wolff. Although the use of other words, such as the use of the non-inclusive words they and them, give hint to There is significance in this in that it reflects how isolated she is in this journey.
If Dickinson is truly interested in replicating the experience of madness or any mental, emotional, or spiritual breakdown , her method is very strange, since the poem is written in a regular meter with a regular rhyme scheme and regular grammatical structures. Many people have been to a funeral, seen a funeral, or heard about a funeral. It illustrates the way in which one can relate experience and, at the same time, suffer a disassociation from it. She is now insane and unable to communicate effectively, as can be seen in lines 13-15, so she has now been put in solitary confinement. Lord, a Massachusetts Supreme Court judge, and Samuel Bowles, editor of the Springfield Republican.
The poem describes her mental breakdown, her collapse into insanity from a perch of depressed and fragile sanity. The poem describes the onset of psychosis as the speaker struggles with her ego. One was even mistakenly attributed to Emerson himself. The use of the word solitary in line 16 illustrates how although people have been described as taking part in the funeral, they do not relate or understand her. Events occurring without pause, without yielding insight, without any logical relationship to one another, without any ordering of importance: life is swept remorselessly along in the swift current of time, swept over the edge, perhaps to come to rest in some unfathomed end, perhaps merely to fall forever. The burial of something in the mindof a thought or experience or wishthe rendering of it unconscious, lacks an etiology; its occasion and even content here remain unspecified.