Poem Analysis: I Felt a Funeral in my Brain

Poem Analysis
I Felt a Funeral in my Brain
By: Emily Dickenson

“I felt a funeral in my Brain”, follows the speaker’s downward spiral into death.
To the reader, this poem is probably not the most pleasant to read because the reader is witnessing the speaker move into a very unstable and crazy state of mind. The speaker, on the other hand seems to not be fully aware of the degree of seriousness in which she is portraying her mental state. The rhyming and flowing of this poem conveys an openness that the speaker has about death, possibly because she has already gone mad. Although the speaker is experiencing a sense of death to herself, the fact that her tone is not serious, conveys ...

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physical and mental effects of the breakdown throughout the poem. As the speaker begins to describe the funeral, another metaphor is used to communicate her feelings about the pain she is going through. She speaks of “mourners treading”, which, by using the context of the poem, sounds like she is describing her burdens getting heavier and heavier. Eventually, they are going to be so heavy that she cannot take it any more and she is going to die (her brain, rather). The third metaphor comes at the very end of the poem and, more likely than not, leaves the reader with an unsettled feeling. The speaker says that “a plank in reason broke”, which means that her burdens were finally too heavy for her to keep. She was on the verge of both the sane and the insane worlds and she finally “plunged” into one of them. She is not clear about which “world” she falls into, but I would assume that from the context of the poem as well as the ending of the poem, that she went insane.
Although the ...

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Added: 3/22/2011 10:10:52 PM
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