Analysis Of Emily Dickinson 's ' I Heard A Fly Buzz When I '

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Death is something all human beings will come to deal with one day. It doesn’t matter when or who it is, one could be young, middle-aged, or old. One could be born into wealth, royalty, or poverty. In a perfect world everyone would live to old age and pass away in their sleep, but this isn’t a perfect world and the reality is that death could come at any moment, whether one is ready or not. Many people fear death as it means an end to everything they’ve done in their life while others see it as the next stage of theirs. Emily Dickinson’s “I heard a Fly buzz-when I died-” shows that death is not an end but simply a passage to eternity, while “Because I could not stop for Death-” shows that eternity isn’t guaranteed but underlined by faith. In both poems Dickinson uses imagery, and figurative language to describe the cycle of death after the speaker has already passed. In “I heard a fly buzz-when I died-” the speaker starts off stating that he/she is on his/her deathbed and adds a simile after, “The stillness in the Room/ Was like the Stillness in the Air/ Between the Heaves of Storm” (2-4). The speaker is saying that this stillness is referencing to the eye of the storm, which is eerily quiet like the air in the room around his/her deathbed. Like any storm after the eye has passed, the rest of the storm is following, which means that more is to come in this room. For the second stanza the speaker states that there are now other people in the room “The Eyes around” (5). These

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