For example, in line 1-2 “I heard a Fly buzz- when I died- the Stillness in the Room,” the words Fly, Stillness, and Room are all capitalized in the middle of the sentence. The strange capitalization brings emphasis on random words thought out the poem. Plus Dickinson uses inexact rhyme or slant rhyme in the poem, with words like room and storm. Lastly, Dickinson uses unusual... ... middle of paper ... ... into this poem, there is still a vast amount of mystery behind the true meaning Dickinson was trying to portray.” I Heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died” is one of many poems written by Emily Dickinson but has to be one of the more complexly written ones. This poem leaving the reader with the choice of how to take death upon them, with gratefulness of what has already happed or fear of what did not.
Analysis of Dickinson’s I heard a Fly buzz - when I died Emily Dickinson wrote hundreds of poems during her lifetime that dealt with death. She seemed to have an almost morbid fascination with the subject. Her poem "I heard a Fly buzz - when I died" is one of the many poems she wrote about this ghastly topic. The symbols she used make this poem interesting because they can be interpreted on more than one level. The punctuation and capitalization used also give the poem an abstract quality.
Although her work was influenced by great poets of the time, she published many strong poems herself. Two of Emily Dickinson’s famous poems, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and “I Heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died”, are both about life’s one few certainties, death, and that is where the similarities end. Although both poems were written by the same poet around the same time, their idea of what lies after death differs. In one of the poems, there appears to be an afterlife, while in the other poem, there is nothing. For example, in her work of, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, Dickinson tells the reader a tale of a woman being taken away by Death.
Centuries ago, ... ... middle of paper ... ...lso used poetry as a way to deal with death, in her spiritual, and physical life to help her find peace. (Ford P.227) Both poems are very similar and represent an idea of searching for what death is and means, in a world of silence and stillness. Both poems try to be inconclusive and call to question what death is? Although many writers try to dive into the mind of Dickinson the way that she leaves so many ideas and room to explore, the poems are a great way to look at death itself Works Cited Bachinger, Katrina. "Dickinson's I Heard a Fly Buzz."
This is where she spent almost her entire life. Emily was born on December 10, 1830 in the “sleepy village” of Amherst, Massachusetts that was dominated by “church and college” (Dickinson, Emily). Here she spent her childhood years playing with her brother Austin and sister Lavinia and would later spend her adult years gardening and writing in solitude (Dickinson, Emily). Her isolation gave the impression of being reclusive and antisocial. Emily Dickinson did, however, go off to school and graduated from Amherst Academy in 1947 before coming back to her childhood home and becoming “a more than ordinary observer of Amherst life” (Dickinson, Emily).
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.
Poems of Emily Dickinson Thesis of my paper that I am trying to prove to the reader is that Emily Dickinson is a brilliant extraordinary writer. She talks about mortality and death within her life and on paper in her poem works. Although she lived a seemingly secluded life, Emily Dickinson's many encounters with death influenced many of her poems and letters. Perhaps one of the most ground breaking and inventive poets in American history, Dickinson has become as well known for her bizarre and eccentric life as for her incredible poems and letters. Numbering over 1,700, her poems highlight the many moments in a 19th century New England woman's life, including the deaths of some of her most beloved friends and family, most of which occurred in a short period of time (Introduction, Paragraph 2).
Death in Emily Dickenson With the thought of death, many people become terrified as if it were some creature lurking behind a door ready to capture them at any moment. Unlike many, Emily Dickinson was infatuated with death and sought after it only to try and help answer the many questions which she pondered so often. Her poetry best illustrates the answers as to why she wrote about it constantly. She explains her reason for writing poetry, “I had a terror I could tell to none-and so I sing, as the Boy does by the Burying Ground-because I am afraid.”(Johnson xxiii). There is no doubt that Emily Dickinson is frightened of death and the unknown life after it.
Dickinson also used personification throughout the entire poem. Dickinson gives death human traits and carries these traits through the poem. Another common Dickinson trait is unusual capitalization. Emily Dickinson capitalizes words that she wishes to draw emphasis to. This capitalization allows for readers to focus on the important aspects of the poetry.
Emily Dickinson was an American poet from Massachusetts, who lead a strange but mysterious life. She was a very reluctant woman she stayed in her room and rarely talked to anyone, she had an amazing talent she could write poetry. Emily Dickinson wrote over a thousand poems throughout her life that later after her death were published. Dickinson’s poems were brought to life due to her weird but wonderful use of various literary terms. Majority of Dickinson's poems reflect her lifelong fascination with illness, dying and death.