Theme Of Emily Dickinson's Poems On Death

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Death is widely considered the final frontier that everyone will experience, and because of this everyone usually has their own personal beliefs on the subject. We can observe Emily Dickinson views on death through her poems “After great pain, a formal feeling comes-”, “Because I could not stop for death-”, and “I heard a Fly buzz- when I died-”. Dickinson connects the poems together with the overarching theme of death. Her poems are unique because show her personal struggle with religion while also expressing some universally mundane ideologies about death. Dickinson conveys the connecting theme of death by utilizing different forms of figurative language such as, alliteration, religious allegories, and specific diction. Dickinson’s “After…show more content…
These word choices contrast what they are describing and represent how extreme loss can bring about an emotional stiffness of sorts. The utilization of diction that properly conveys the narrators almost catatonic emotional state allow Dickinson to use the poem to represent how death can affect the human mind. Her diction choices bring to mind the habitual mindless routine mourners force themselves to go through to cope with their loss, we see this in the way she describes her feet as “mechanical” (Line…show more content…
These cycles of life are most apparent through in stanza 3. The narrator is taking notice of her surroundings as she travels to this unknown destination with death. The stanza opens with her talking about “the School, where Children strove At Recess-”, this represents childhood and the beginning of life (line 9-10). The children are the shining example of purity and reflect the narrator’s youth. Next the woman and death passed “Fields of Gazing Grain”, which represent middle age because the grain is maturing (line 11). Finally, they passed the “setting sun”, which is a universal symbol in literature of the approach of the end. In the case the setting sun represents the narrator’s death (line

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