The nerves, she says, 'sit ceremonious like tombs.' by 0n9axIhb

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									        Emily Dickinson
               Poem 341
After great pain, a formal feeling comes
After great pain, a formal feeling comes --


The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs

The stiff Heart questions, was it He, that bore,


And Yesterday, or Centuries before?
The Feet, mechanical, go round –

Of Ground, or Air, or Ought --

A Wooden way

Regardless grown,

A Quartz contentment, like a stone --
This is the Hour of Lead --

Remembered, if outlived,

As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow –

First -- Chill -- then Stupor -- then the letting
  go --
      The nerves, she says, "sit
      ceremonious like tombs."
► Nerves  are compared to two things:
  ceremony and tombs
► People dressed in black sit around a room
  after a funeral may be said to be like
  tombs
► Tomb has the qualities of deadness,
  quietness and stillness
► Overall symbolizes someone who suffered
  great pain
   Common quality, of stiff lifelessness

Examples:
1. the heart is "stiff"
2. the feet walk a "wooden" way
3. the contentment is a "quartz" contentment
4. the hour is that of "lead.
5. feet move mechanically and are "regardless" of
   where they go
"A quartz contentment like a stone”
►   stoniness with the numbness of grief
►   a "quartz contentment" could mean her
    contentment has been crystallized
►   The author has become so numb from
    the pain she doesn’t feel it anymore
    "Remembered if outlived"

► Fewoutlive the experience to be able to
 remember and recount it to others
     As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow --
First -- Chill -- then Stupor -- then the letting go --

This experience of grief is like a death by freezing.

1.   Chill
2.   Stupor or daze as the body becomes numbed
3.   Body finally gives up the fight against the cold, relaxes
     and dies
             Tone/Mood
Tone- “attitude of poet toward their subject,
and also their audience” (Drachler and
Terris 1).

Subject of this particular poem is undefined
Reacts to audience in a very real, humble
manner
After great pain, a formal feeling comes—
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs—
The still Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round—
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought—
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone—

This is the Hour of Lead—
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow—
First—Chill—then Stupor—then the letting go—
After great pain, a formal feeling comes—
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs—
The still Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round—
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought—
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone—

This is the Hour of Lead—
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow—
First—Chill—then Stupor—then the letting go—
After great pain, a formal feeling comes—
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs—
The still Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round—
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought—
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone—

This is the Hour of Lead—
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow—
First—Chill—then Stupor—then the letting go—
After great pain, a formal feeling comes—
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs—
The still Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round—
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought—
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone—

This is the Hour of Lead—
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow—
First—Chill—then Stupor—then the letting go—
                  Sources
► http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_
  f/dickinson/341.htm
► Drachler, and Terris. "College of Liberal Arts
  and Sciences | The University of Florida."
  College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  The University of Florida. 25 Oct. 2008
  <http://www.clas.ufl.edu>.

								
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