Emily Dickinson's I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died

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The poem by Emily Dickinson called “I heard a Fly buzz when I died” is about the speaker imagining the last moments of life. Dickinson carefully choose the words in the poem to make it seem like the speaker is a women; it is also kind of given since the author is a women. In the poem, Dickinson categorizes two diverse aspects on death which are the rituals on death and the traditional beliefs. Dickinson uses these aspects by emphasizing the meaning of death, further making the speaker’s tone sarcastic when comparing death to the buzzing fly. In the first stanza of the poem, the speaker is imagining the eve of her death. When the speaker mentions the fly buzz it hints ironical perspective about traditional beliefs on death (l. 1). In the second…show more content…
The first line of the stanza “I willed my keepsakes” can be interpreted as the speaker is thinking about all her belongings being passed down (l. 9). However, the speaker can also be implying her body that is going to be left, after she has died. In lines nine through eleven , the speaker worries about all the keepsakes that she has given away and what will happen to them (l l. 9-11). These western rituals that follow the death of someone, no longer matter to the speaker. She wanted to portray the excessive rituals about softening the grief of the people alive, not the deceased; like we believe in. This stanza mostly relates to the poems theme about criticizing excessive rituals (l l. 9-12). In the final line of the stanza, the fly makes itself present in front of the speaker (l. 12). The last line also has the sarcasm of the poem in which the truth about death is revealed (l. 12). The truth is anything big or small can be sent from god as a way to the afterlife; not only the king. This criticizes the traditional beliefs of how the “king” will come. She is interpreting the truth by using the image of a fly to criticize the belief. Also the fly is a symbolism in which it draws a picture of the corpse in
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