Essay Emily Dickinson 's Death Of Death

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Many poets have been haunted by the idea of death, but few as much as Emily Dickinson. Even a small sampling of Emily Dickinson 's poetry is enough to reveal that death is her main subject of focus. In fact, it could be argued that death finds it’s way into each and every poem Dickinson writes, as it is so prevalent of a theme throughout her writing, the main difference would be of how obvious this theme is to the reader of each poem. Emily Dickinson 's interest in death is often criticized as being morbid, but modern day readers are mostly impressed by the way Dickinson handles the delicate subject that is mortality. The two finest examples of poems that are truly inspired by death and the subject of mortality are “I heard a Fly buzz - when I died” and “Because I could not stop for Death.” Each of these poems is a masterpiece that tries to give death a place in the context of the speaker’s world, making it so that one’s own mortality is known but also, still vague and very much uncertain.
“I heard a Fly buzz” is a poem specifically about mortality and death, and is the sole reason for it’s existence. Dickinson uses the poem to explore death in a new and bold way. There are allusions to how it may feel and what happens when one dies, or what is expectant of death, looking at death from different aspects, before, during, and after death. Dickinson puts the theme of mortality and death center stage in her opening line, “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –” (1) it is very…

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