Emily Dickinson and Writing Poetry


With all my misadventures this summer, I sadly discovered that I am behind on my blogging.  Today, while I looked through some old papers, I found an essay that I had written in college about Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain.”  The paper was written over twenty years ago, and I would not bore you with the dissection of the poem.  However, part of the assignment was to write a poem in a similar style to Dickinson’s work, and that I would love to share today. 

Funny, how over twenty years ago, I was in the middle of a new adventure while going to college, so I could start a career in teaching.  While writing that poem, never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined actually being related to this amazing poet!

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

By Emily Dickinson

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, again,

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 Ann Marie Bryant

Even now – after endless years-

A dark silhouette still haunts.

Though I’ve shed a stream of tears-

The re-creation exploits my thoughts.

Domination –- Manipulation-

A weapon of pain and despair.

It rips the soul –- raw emotion-

Is it more than I can bear?

Cover the sorrow –- hide the pain-

Masquerade a truth.

Play the game but refrain-

From scrutinizing the misuse.


Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

                                     6th Cousin 5X Removed

10 DEC 1830 • Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA

15 MAY 1886 • Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA

Family Tree for Emily Dickinson

 John Gallup (1615-1675) and Hannah Lakes

Christobel Gallup (1660-1708)

Judge John Crary (1686-1759)

Prudence Crary (1722-1761)

Sarah Fairbanks (1757-1840)

Betsey Fay (1777-1829)

Emily Norcross (1804-1882)

Emily Dickinson ( 1830-1886)


Family Tree for Ann Marie Reeder Bryant

11 X great grandparents
John Gallup (1646 – 1733)

son of Hannah Lake

Capt. John Gallup (1675 – 1755)

son of John Gallup

Elizabeth Gallup (1714 – 1777)

daughter of Capt. John Gallup

Zachariah Frink (1731 – 1804)

son of Elizabeth Gallup

Daniel Frink (1754 – 1811)

son of Zachariah Frink

Zachariah Frink (1775 – 1804)

son of Daniel Frink

Elias Frink (1796 – 1855)

son of Zachariah Frink

Clarissa Amelia Frink (1830 – 1892)

daughter of Elias Frink

Ellsa LaDuke (1862 – 1898)

daughter of Clarissa Amelia Frink

Anna Strassburg (1892 – 1913)

daughter of Ellsa LaDuke

Elva Marie Bryant (1908 – 1983)

daughter of Anna Strassburg

Dorothy Marie Allen (1934 – 2006)

daughter of Elva Marie Bryant

Ann Marie Bryant

daughter of Dorothy Marie Allen



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