Emily Dickinson

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

My Life Closed Twice - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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.


Comments about My Life Closed Twice by Emily Dickinson

  • Silver Star - 3,308 Points Godfrey Morris (2/19/2015 4:04:00 PM)

    A short but cleaver poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 19,559 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

  • Silver Star - 3,852 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,428 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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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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