Characterization of Death in Dickinson's Poetry

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CHARACTERIZATION OF DEATH IN DICKINSON'S POETRY

Emily Dickinson had a sad life full with tragic experiences and its influences on her poetry can be seen in most of her works. During her life, she struggled with traumatic effects of a succession of deaths and due to this situation she spend the later half of her years in grief. The tragic deaths of people close to Dickinson have affected her writing and style of expression, in which death became a persisting theme of her poetry. Even though most of her poems consist directly on the subject "death", she also used unusual ways to write about this theme, by writing about immortality as a state of consciousness in an everlasting present. A typical example can be seen in her poems "Because I
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In addition, the family of the narrator is there to say goodbye to their loved one for the last time as she dying in her bed. For any human being, a moment such as this one is supposed to be a vital and most solemn time; however instead of reflecting the melancholy of this moment, Dickinson wrote that there is a fly buzzing around the room. Actually, this fly causes stealing the leading role of the show and gets everyone's notice, as the room, "Was like the Stillness in the Air / Between the Heaves of Storm," (3-4). The narrator feels mainly bothered at this interruption; hence, as inexplicable as death is, there are some hopes, such as seeing a brilliant white glow upon walking into heaven or seeing God, so far the narrator only hears a fly buzzing, no light, no salvation, no God. The next stanza is about the family's enduring by waiting for her death. The dying woman portrays them as, "The Eyes around had wrung them dry," (5). Her family members are only waiting at this moment, because they have cried as much as they may possibly cry over losing a beloved one. In the lines "For that last Onset when the King / Be witnessed in the Room," (7-8), Dickinson points out an irony by using the words "that last Onset". Last clearly signifies an "end" at the same time as onset stands for a "beginning". This irony involving the two contexts cannot be
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