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My life closed twice before its close by Emily Dickinson


"My life closed twice before its close" is written by Emily Dickinson. She lost two of her best friends and often asked the question as to why they were taken away and what else can God take from her. She states that all we know of heaven is that's where people go to after death, but all we know of hell is that's where we go when someone close to us dies.

This poem is made up of two stanzas with four lines in each. The poem is written in pairs. The first line of the pair is longer than the second. She also rhymes the second line of the pairs to each other.

Johnson number: 1732


My life closed twice before its close

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.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

God, Death

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