Analysis Of Death

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Emily Dickinson’s body of work contains different experiences of death that contain moving reactions to the body’s trek into darkness and madness. Her poems’ magnitude comes from the complicated and deliberate use of literary techniques to breathe life into death, and the uncertainty of meaning that permits different viewpoints of these experiences. Although the views presented by Dickinson can be conflicting at times, they all underline her views that death comes in many forms and in just as many experiences.
"I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died" gives the reader a view of what death is when there is no afterlife as it spotlights on the decay that happens after the death of the writer, a course that leads to darkness and emptiness. The tone of the poem could, depending on one’s station in life, be about fear or peace. Dickinson makes use of the mood to display the decay of the body and the emptiness of death. The encompassing nothingness around the body depicts the end of mourning, the end of the season. The fly that comes upon the rotting and decaying body depicts the circle of life that occurs as flesh feeds the surrounding environment as it decomposes. While death is widely considered negative and the end of the road, I understand this poem to be a journey into freedom, freedom from pain and the negativity of this mortal coil. And while the poem depicts the end of life, it also shows that one end leads to other beginnings. The circle of life continues to sustain even as we move on to that great darkness.
The literary techniques in the poem helped to highlight the reality of death. The constant repetition of the fly reminds the reader of the decay occurring. Also, the delivery process lends to the obscurity of the heart of the su...

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... as imagery to depict the overwhelming sinking of the mind, from the outside world to that in the mental one. The mental breakdown is imminent even as the reader follows the funeral procession and the “burying” of the narrator. The definition of death is reassessed and reimagined as the poem exposes more and more of the narrator’s path.
These two poems of Dickinson depict the different ideas of death, even by the author herself. The contradicting views on death are illustrated through different uses of literary techniques and storytelling. Every alliteration, every allusion, each diction style, takes the reader on a downward spiral, whether that is into the ether or into the cold depths of insanity, Dickinson’s writing is a pathway. Each poem tells of a different path, and the poet invites the reader to decide which path, which meaning of death defines the reader.
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