“I felt a cleaving in my mind”- A poem by Emily Dickinson

Context: In this poem Emily Dickinson (1830-1866) once again expresses her bodily experiences into text. To be a product of her own time with Calvinism and Romanticism as mainstream ideas; this lady can be very down to earth and that’s what makes her special. This is how she choose to define a conflicting thought or idea. The lines has got some rhytm as well.

Themes: Thought, idea, mind, brain, split, dichotomy


I felt a cleaving in my mind

As if my brain had split;

I tried to match it,

seam by seam,

But could not make them fit.

The thought behind I strove to join

Unto the thought before,

But sequence ravelled out of reach

Like balls upon a floor.