Join Author Katherine Zoepf and Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur as they discuss ‘Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World’ Zoepf’s masterful investigation that gives voice to the remarkable women who have changed Arab societies—from 9/11 to Tahrir Square to the rise of ... Read more Category: Workshop Moshi Workshop: What Is Identity? Moshi Workshop: What Is Identity? Moshi Workshop: What Is Identity? Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:00am MOSHI is a witty mustache which sticks on children’s face to teach them how to philosophize and express their ideas in artistic ways.
previous stanza in order to describe the actual experience of losing her mind. A vivid contrast is made when a funeral, which is usually marked by a still silence, is compared next to the "beating" drum that is a detriment to not only the narrator's mind, but also to her physical senses as she tries to absorb everything she is experiencing. The torture the narrator conveys expands into the next stanza when she also expresses the loss of her soul, in which her sanity is being buried and her soul is being trampled upon the incessant annoyance of the clattering made by the "creaking" "Boots of Lead". Dickinson makes use of description that appeals to the auditory system by stating that the noise that constantly ravages the speaker's mind has grown so loud and encompassing that "the Heavens were a Bell/And Being, but an Ear" ("I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" 920). Her mental and physical state is "wrecked" and "solitary" just like the seemingly nonexistent silence. All signs of sanity present in the speaker's mind are lost when the only thing preventing her complete psychological devastation, reason, has been shattered. As a result, she "plunges" deeper and deeper into madness. The poem ends on a very ambiguous note, with the word "then" unable to clearly convey what has happened afterwards. It also clearly illustrates the depth to which Dickinson explored the internal world of the human mind and, with the constant appeal to the auditory senses, exposed her belief that it was no different than the external physical world.
Newton likely introduced her to the writings of William Wordsworth , and his gift to her of Ralph Waldo Emerson 's first book of collected poems had a liberating effect. She wrote later that he, "whose name my Father's Law Student taught me, has touched the secret Spring".  Newton held her in high regard, believing in and recognizing her as a poet. When he was dying of tuberculosis , he wrote to her, saying that he would like to live until she achieved the greatness he foresaw.  Biographers believe that Dickinson's statement of 1862—"When a little Girl, I had a friend, who taught me Immortality – but venturing too near, himself – he never returned"—refers to Newton.