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I felt a Funeral in my Brain Life death and reincarnation are portrayed in Emily Dickinsons poem I felt a Funeral in my brain The use of words associated with death gives the poem an ominous and dark karma At the beginning of this poem the feelings of grief and pain are evident Throughout the rest of the poem there is a strong sense that the speaker needs to make a choice between a world full of trouble and pain or a heaven that brings solitude and peace This is all part of a vicious cycle Sometimes when life doesnt turn out for the best you need to wait until your cycle is up This is reflected clearly at the end of the poem The speaker lives life passes away and is reborn again into this world all throughout this poems entirety The first two words of this poem reveal strong feelings The words I felt show that the speaker is talking about themselves The line I felt a funeral in my brain brings to mind death The word funeral combined with brain can be simplified into the fact that death is inside the speaker And mourners to and froKept treading -treading- till it seemedThat sense was breaking through Here the speaker is bothered by their inner death that keeps mourning over and over throughout their head The marks between treading -treading- allow a pause between the two words inducing a long repetitive treading This repetition causes irritation Finally sense was breaking through This simply means that the constant repetition is now starting to make sense A feeling of relief has surfaced but only for a short while In the second stanza as quickly as the voices made sense to the speaker the quicker they stopped In the line And when they all were seated the relief stops its being seated When relief is seated and not moving all seems
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