Poetically Speaking: I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, (340) by Emily Dickinson

This year I’m bringing back Poetically Speaking for National Poetry Month (April) to discuss some of my favorite poems. Today’s poem is “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, (340)” by Emily Dickinson:

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading – treading – till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through –
And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum –
Kept beating – beating – till I thought
My mind was going numb –
And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space – began to toll,
As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race,
Wrecked, solitary, here –
And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down –
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing – then –
I honestly can’t believe I hadn’t talked about this poem before! I love Emily Dickinson. She is always timely and resonant and that is such an amazing thing when you think about how long ago she lived. I think about this poem a lot when I have a headache or raw nerves. The imagery is so powerful and so evocative and, of course, the word choice is always stunning. There isn’t really a bad line here but “Wrecked, solitary, here -” is one that lives in my head rent free.

April 2021 Reading Tracker

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books I Did Read:

  1. Namesake by Adrienne Young
  2. The Girl From the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
  3. Can We Talk About Consent?: A book about freedom, choices, and agreement by Justin Hancock, Illustrated by Fuchsia Macaree
  4. Mayhem by Estelle Laure (kindle)
  5. Henry V by William Shakespeare (audio)
  6. Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (kindle)
  7. All Of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (Kindle)
  8. Titus Andonicus by William Shakespeare (audio)
  9. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
  10. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (reread)
  11. 10 Truths and a Date by Ashley Elston
  12. Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud
  13. How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
  14. Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd
  15. One Great Lie by Deb Caletti
  16. Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park
  17. Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Books Received:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen (seasons edition) (preorder)

What  I Thought of Everything I Read:

You can also see what I read in March.