Saturday, August 8, 2015
Emily Dickinson's funeral in her brain.
Did Emily Dickinson suffer from mental illness?
I felt a funeral in my brain,
And mourners, to and fro,
Kept treading, treading, till it seemed
That sense was breaking through.
And when they all were seated,
A service like a drum
Kept beating, beating, till I thought
My mind was going numb.
And then I heard them lift a box,
And creak across my soul
With those same boots of lead,
Then space began to toll
As all the heavens were a bell,
And Being but an ear,
And I and silence some strange race,
Wrecked, solitary, here.
And then a plank in reason, broke,
And I dropped down and down--
And hit a world at every plunge,
And finished knowing--then-
by Emily Dickinson
Robyn and Steve's book is a personal, biblical
and technical treatment of Steve's mental illness
and Robyn his wife helping him survive it.
For the full article on Emily see American Journal of Psychiatry, Reviews and Overviews | May 01, 2001Emily Dickinson Revisited: A Study of Periodicity in Her Work John F. McDermott, M.D.