Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

My life closed twice


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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Freshman - 1,030 Points Godfrey Morris (2/19/2015 4:04:00 PM)

    A short but cleaver poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,257 Points Kim Barney (2/19/2015 8:13:00 AM)

    John and Sagnik have hit the nail on the head with their comments. When I first read the poem I wondered if she had had two near-death experiences, but it could be indeed that she is referring to the deaths of other loved ones. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,098 Points John Richter (2/19/2015 7:11:00 AM)

    I agree Sagnik.... I would say profound is the exact word. Miss Emily's poetry has been a life-long companion for me and I have never found another poet so intricately able to describe bereavement so very well. I assume the 'life twice lost' refers to the death of her parents, though I know that several of her friends passed away early on also. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,281 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (9/15/2014 1:56:00 PM)

    The ending lines are of epic proportions! Such a profound poem of sorrow and bereavement composed in such simple words. Incredible! (Report) Reply

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