I felt a Funeral, in my Brain Themes

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Madness and Sanity

"I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" is a poem that, in part, presents the impending mental collapse of its speaker, a collapse thatDickinson likens to the rituals of a funeral to ultimately explore the figurative "death" of the speaker's sanity. The word felt in the poem's opening line suggests that the first throbbings of the collapse could be physically perceived; this merging of physical sensation and mental perception is sustained throughout the poem. By comparing the speaker's mental breakdown to a funeral,Dickinson suggests the horror and finality of such an event.

The funeral's participants and rites can be read as metaphors for the speaker's impending collapse; as the figurative funeral proceeds through its recognizable stages, the speaker's sanity becomes more endangered until it finally "dies." The mourners that the speaker feels repeatedly "treading— treading" in her brain are like the first recognizable signs (to...

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