i felt a funeral in my brain explained

i felt a funeral in my brain explained


Here in this article, we are going to talk about the questions and answers of Emily Dickinson’s famous poem I Felt A Funeral In My Brain. All these questions and answers will help the students to know about this poem well. We have discussed the brief and short questions of this poem. So, let’s see.

I Felt A Funeral In My Brain Brief Questions And Answers


Q.1. Where is the funeral taking place? 

Ans. The poet imagines that a funeral is taking place inside her brain.


Q.2. What can the speaker feel? 

Ans. The speaker can feel the mourners pacing back and forth. 


Q.3. Why does the poet repeat the word “treading”? 

Ans. The poet repeats the word “treading” to convey to the reader the idea-that the treading of the mourners is grating on her nerves, and she is profoundly disturbed. - 


Q.4. What does the expression “That sense was breaking through”? 

Ans. It means that the normal sense of the poet was on the point of breaking down. 


Q.5. Why do the mourners sit down? 

Ans. The mourners sit down in order that the funeral service ca, Start, ¢ 


Q.6, What is the funeral service like, as the poet feels? 

Ans. The funeral service seems like the performance of stamp. 


Q.7. Why does the funeral service seem like a stomp to the poet?

 Ans. The funeral service seems like a stomp to the poet because of the beating of the drum.


Q.8. What makes the poet think her mind is going numb? 

Ans. The drum-like beating of the funeral service makes her think her mind is going numb. 


Q.9. What do the mourners do after the funeral service is over? 

Ans. After the funeral service is over the mourners lift a box. 


Q.10.What does the poet hear when the mourners lift a box? 

Ans. The poet hears a creak across her soul. 


I Felt A Funeral In My Brain Short Questions And Answers 


Q.1. Describe the mourners and how they affect the poet. 

Ans. The poet describes an imaginary funeral in the poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain”. She describes it as she feels in her brain. From the description of various funeral activities in the poem, it transpires that the dead person can see and feel all activities around him/her. In the poem, Dickinson describes how the mourners behave around the dead person, presumably the poet herself. 


 The mourners seem to keep treading, with their lead-boots on. They walk around the dead body, and the poet—the dead person, feels their walking as if they were treading. That is, their walking had a grating effect on the nerves of the dead person. She was being profoundly disturbed by these treading sounds. Ultimately, it disturbed her so much that she felt her sense was going to collapse. The whole affair of the mourners and its effect on the dead indicates the dead person’s - extreme sensitiveness which persists even after death. 


This view of the consciousness of the dead person is, of course, consistent with the religious view about a dead man. 


Q.2. What activity of service for the funeral is described in the poem “I felt a Funeral, in My Brain”? How is the dead person affected by it? 

Ans. In the poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” the poet describes an imaginary funeral of herself. Perhaps the poet imagines how it feels like to be dead. She describes a complete funeral in the - poem. After describing the mourners’ treading around her dead body, she describes the funeral service. 


When the mourners stopped after their moving around, they were seated. Then the funeral service began with the beating of a drum. To the dead poet, it seemed that the drum was beating repeatedly to the great disturbance of her nerves. This beating was having a grating effect on her nerves. After hearing the beating for quite some time it seemed to the poet that her mind was going numb or going to be paralyzed——that is, losing its power of thinking or feeling. The dead person is imagined to have the mental power of knowing, and feeling, and thinking. But too much sound around it causes profound disturbance on the nerves, and as a result, the mind goes numb and loses the power of feeling and thinking. 


The effect of the activities of the mourners on the dead bespeaks of her extreme sensitiveness persisting for some time even after death. 


Q.3. When the coffin was lifted by the mourners, how did the poet feel? 


Ans. The poet gives a description of an imaginary funeral of a dead person, presumably the poet herself, in the poem “I felt a Funeral, in My Brain’. After the mourners moved around the dead body for some time, they were seated. Then the funeral service began with the beating of drum. 


The sounds of the treading of the mourners and the beating of drum gave an intense disturbance to the nerves of the dead person, i.e. in the poem, the poet herself. Then the mourners began to lift the dead body covered in the coffin. The poet heard a Creaking sound; the sound was that of lifting the coffin box, corroborated by the sound of the lead-boots worn by the mourners. Then she heard the sound of the tolling of a bell throughout the heavens, that is, the universe. Her sense was so much heightened that she seemed to be all ear to the sound. 


This is an indication of the fact that the soul of the dead, when released from the body, gets an enormous expansion, and grasps the whole of the universe. This is an extraordinary imaginative conception of the poet about the human soul’s nature and condition after death. 


Q.4. What were the feelings of the poet when she was at the last Ly point of the funeral?

Or, 

How did the poet feel when her coffin was lowered into the grave? 


Ans. The poet gives a very brief, but full picture of an imaginary funeral in which she supposes herself to be dead. The mourners kept moving around, then they sat down, and then the funeral service began with the beating of a drum. Both these sounds—the sound of the treading of the mourners and the sound of the beating of the drum—had an intensely grating effect upon the dead poet’s nerves. 


Then the mourners lifted her coffin box and carried her to the grave. She heard the sound of the tolling of a bell throughout the universe. It indicates that the whole of this created world was giving her a last farewell. Then she felt silence all around. That is, the farewell giving was over, and she was going to be & member of another world, the world of silence. When they lowered the coffin into the grave, she felt the plank of reason break down and she was falling down and down hitting a world at every plunge. 


This indicates her gradual loss of consciousness of relation with this world, and when she touched the ground in the grave, her transfer from this world to another was complete. Then she did not know what would happen in the next world, or hereafter. 


Conclusion

That was the end. I hope you find all the things that you needed. If you want to get more information on this poem then you may read the critical appreciation of this poem and also the line-by-line analysis of it. Thanks for reading from us.

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