The speaker laments a significant loss in this poetry. Take notes on the noises mentioned throughout the poem as you read. Tiago Vasconcelos's "Untitled" is licensed under CC0. Emily Dickinson's (1896) poem "I felt a Funeral in my Brain" is in the public domain.
Tiago Vasconcelos's version begins: "I felt a funeral in my brain/ And all my senses gathered in their flight/ To watch an endless scene which they had come to share/ Wherein no grief was shown nor any pain." The speaker in this poem has lost a close friend and feels like his mind has been taken over by this friend's spirit. He tries to reach out to this friend but cannot contact him. Instead, he sees everything around him with new eyes; even nature seems to be mourning together with him.
Emily Dickinson's version starts off similarly, with the same two lines: "I felt a funeral in my brain, / And all my senses gathered in their flight." However, the rest of the poem is completely different. Dickinson uses this experience to express her feelings about death and to praise God for his many gifts. She concludes the poem by saying that she now understands why we should not fear death because it is part of life which must be accepted with faith.
Dickinson employs the funeral metaphor to convey the speaker's perception that a part of herself is dying; that is, her reason is being overcome by the irrationality of the unconscious. She is both a spectator and a participant in the funeral, indicating that her identity is fragmented. Also, by comparing his mind to a cemetery, the poet suggests that his thoughts are morbid and depressing.
The image of a funeral has often been used by poets to express their feelings of loss and loneliness. It is common for the poet to claim that they are not alone, which in this case would be Dickinson herself. The funeral also serves as a reminder that our lives must be lived while we are still alive, because once we die there is no coming back from that point.
Another important aspect of the poem is its use of personification. Although it is commonly believed that poems should be written in simple language, that isn't always possible so many poetic devices are used to replace words where necessary. For example, when talking about someone's appearance or behavior, we usually use adjectives or verbs instead of names; these objects become "real" people who have intentions and feelings of their own. Personification is when a noun or pronoun is changed into a verb, thus making it appear as if it were a living creature with thoughts and feelings.
Some of the most well-known funeral poems are She Is Gone (He Is Gone) and Remember Me. Don't weep for me. Please do not mourn at my tomb. There is no one left to love. My heart is filled with grief, my soul is torn apart -- who will care for my children now that I am gone?
The word "funeral" comes from the Latin funeralis, meaning "relating to burial." A funeral is a ceremony that marks the end of life with music, poetry, speechmaking, religious rites, or other forms of entertainment. The term may also refer to the burial itself.
During ancient times, it was customary for friends and family of the deceased to pay their last respects by going to the home of the deceased. They would bring flowers and sometimes food, which would be left outside the door. This is how our word "mourn" originates: it means "to grieve deeply," "lament," or "complain."
In modern times, funerals have become more public affairs that include speeches by politicians and members of the media. The death of a celebrity can even cause riots in certain countries when people try to get a glimpse of the body or take pictures of themselves with the dead person's belongings.