This week I am reading and reflecting on a poem by Emily Dickinson. This poem shows the darker and gloomier side of Romanticism and how romance is not always possible. The goal of Romanticised writing is to spark emotion in the person reading it. This poem, which has no title but starts of saying "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain," perfectly portrays the gothic side of Romanticism.
Each verse describes a different stage in the funeral process from the perspective of the person in the casket. The reader is flushed in and out of reasonable and unreasonable thoughts and it seems as the though the person in the casket is coming in and out of reality. The poem is a contradiction within itself because we endure this person's confused reality but the truth of the matter is that a dead person can't actually think logically in the first place.
After overcoming that original contradiciton, the reader begins to see the metaphorical meaning behind the poem which is thought to be either a sign of depression or madness. The verses also play the correct roles of those problems as well. I believe that this poem can be portrayed by the reader to resemble anything either dark or depressing and it would make sense in that context. That is what makes this poem so unique.