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

1500 Words May 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
Emily Dickinson is currently regarded as one of the greatest American poets, even though she kept her work a secret during her life. Although she had a normal childhood, Dickinson became increasingly isolated as she became an adult. Despite this, Dickinson created her best works during this time. One such work was her short poem, I heard a Fly buzz – when I died - . Many of Dickinson 's poems focus on death, so when I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – does so as well, it does not come as a surprise. Dickinson carefully crafted the poem and used various poetic devices so that the reader understands that death is not some extraordinary event; death is something that happens every day and is part of life. Dickinson 's poem is centered around death and the events which occur during the speakers last moment. When the poem first starts off, the speaker states that she heard a fly buzz when she died. The fact that the verb, died, is in the past tense, tells the reader that the speaker is something supernatural, like a ghost. This stanza then finishes with the speaker talking about the still and surreal feeling in the room. The second stanza talks about the people with the speaker, and how they had been crying and preparing for the speakers final onset. Next, the speaker talks about how she prepared for her death by writing a will and giving what she could away. In the last line of the third stanza, the poem moves the attention away from the speaker to a fly which has shown up. The…

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