1.1.1 "Death"- The worst most important type of
1.1.2 "Seal"- Sense of finality, seal is an
allusion to the seals in revelation,
and as a image of a wax seal;
something that cannot be
repaired once broken.
1.1.3 "Light"- Something that's harsh and oppressive, hard
to define especially in those " Winter Afternoons."
1.2 Poem 510: It was not Death, for i stood up
1.2.1 "Midnight"-Using darkness to signify no chance of hope
1.2.2 "When everything that ticked-has
stopped-(17)"-Actual heartbeat or stop in time
1.2.3 "And Space stares all around
(18)"-Feeling of emptiness in this
1.2.4 The sense of touch and sound and sound in stanzas one and
two, indicates that there is something much greater than these
physical things causing her pain.
18.104.22.168 Dickinson knows she's not dead because...
22.214.171.124.1 She "stood up"
126.96.36.199.2 The blackness can't be night because the "Noon" "Bells"
were going off -"Put out their Tongues (4)"
188.8.131.52.3 The "Frost" she feels physically
can't be it because she feels
1.3 Poem 280: I felt a Funeral in
1.3.1 Extended Metaphor-Not really a funeral ,
connects the idea of the funeral with madness
1.3.2 "Service"-Creates an anxious,
disrupted, uneven atmosphere
1.3.3 Tone: Displays
hopelessness and very
1.3.4 "Beating"-Act of
1.3.5 "And then a Plank in Reason,
broke(17)"-Final moment of insanity
1.3.6 "Treading"-Thoughts going back
1.4 Poem 650: Pain-has an Element of Blank-
1.4.1 "I cannot recollect (2)"- Dickinson is personifying pain by saying that it cant
be remembered when it started, or if there was ever a time without pain.
1.4.2 Tone: Never ending pain because there is no set time
1.4.3 Paradox: Pain is infinite in the past
1.4.4 Pain is tortuous because it feels endless
1.5 Poem 937: I felt a Cleaving in my
1.5.1 "Cleaving in my mind (1)"- Speaker has two
separate parts of the mind
1.5.2 Stanza 1: Metaphor comparing the speakers "Brain"
to cloth that would not "fit" together. No matter
what, something sewn together will always be the
product of two parts.
1.5.3 Not having a clear train of thought can
make one become mentally unstable
1.5.4 "Like Balls-Upon a Floor (8)"- After the speaker loses someone close,
they need to find a way to cope and live without the one they've lost.
The speaker looks for acceptance and change but breaks down
instead because there's no way to fill such a gap.
1.6 Poem 1732: My life closed twice before it close-
1.6.1 "Its close"-Her literal death
1.6.2 Paradox: "Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell (7-8)."
184.108.40.206 Dickinson says that " all we know of heaven" is that's where people go after their
death, and "all we know of hell" is that's where we may go (our state of mind)
when we experiences a loss of someone or something close to us.