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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain Summary
Emily Dickinson

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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain Summary

Introduction

"I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" was first published in 1896. Because Emily Dickinson lived a life of great privacy and only published a handful of poems in her lifetime, the exact year of its composition is unknown; most scholars agree that it was written around 1861.

Like many ofDickinson's other poems, "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" explores the workings of the human mind under stress and attempts to replicate the stages of a mental breakdown through the overall metaphor of a funeral. The common rituals of a funeral are used byDickinson to mark the stages of the speaker's mental collapse until she faces a destruction that no words can articulate. As the metaphorical funeral begins and progresses, the speaker's "mind" grows "numb" until her final remark stops in mid-sentence. The poem is a staple inDickinson's canon and reflects her ability to replicate human consciousness in a controlled...

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