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Emily Dickenson's "My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close"
Posted by: abbysnailz (192.168.128.---)
Date: January 13, 2007 11:51PM

I am taking a writing class and we have an assignment telling what this poem means. I am having trouble figuring it out. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! The paper is due WEDNESDAY!!!

My life closed twice before its close--
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me

So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/14/2007 03:52AM by Desi.


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Re: PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! With a Emily Dickenson poem
Posted by: MoonBabe (192.168.128.---)
Date: January 14, 2007 03:15AM

Dear Abby---

I don't think it's possible to know exactly what Dickenson meant, but we sure can get into the material and try to sort things out, which is what I believe your prof wants you to do, so dig in there.

"My life closed twice before it closed"

Well--the speaker feels that metaphorically or literally she died before she really died. Twice in fact.

"It yet remains to see"

Ok---she is saying that there is uncertainty . . .

"If immortality unveils
a third event to me"

So what she is unsure of is whether she will experience another one of these unknown-to-the-reader events again, while she is still alive.

"So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell."

The previous events must have had such a collosal impact on her that she can't even imagine what a third might be like.

"Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell."

I take this as finally cluing the readers into what the two prior awful events were about---the loss of people, I'm guessing.

Refer back to the thread on Elizabeth Bishop that Talia started
and read what Hugh Clary posted---One Art.
I perceive Dickenson's poem to be about the same matter.
How the pain of losing a loved one is like death or worse.

If you trim down the last two lines, and see that she is saying that "Parting . . . is all we need of hell" then you'll see that what she might be saying is that we don't need any other part of hell because parting is as bad as one can handle.

I don't know if this is accurate or not but it's my take on the poem.
Best wishes in your schoolwork. Enjoy it. Learning is as good as heaven.

Lisa

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/14/2007 03:55AM by MoonBabe.


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Re: Emily Dickenson's "My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close"
Posted by: Desi (Moderator)
Date: January 14, 2007 03:57AM

First of all, I deleted your other post, and changed the title of this one. There is no point in asking the same question twice, but the other title was clearer.

I agree with Lisa that the subject seems to be about losing people.

Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.

I wonder what she means with parting is all we know of heaven though. Does she mean we know that the people we loose will go to heaven, and that is all we know about it? What do you think?


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