Emily Dickinson : A Comparison Of Death

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Emily Dickinson is one of Americas greatest and most original poets of all time. Over the span of her lifetime she came to compose many poems that pertained to the topic of death, which made it seem as if she had an almost morbid fascination with the subject. Her poems "I heard a Fly buzz –when I died", and "Because I could not stop for death—" are some of the many poems that she wrote on this ghastly topic. Even though the poems are somewhat similar with the main focus being death from different viewpoints, I personally believe that "I heard a Fly buzz—when I died" was more of a powerful and impacting poem for various reasons.
In Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death—" she mentions death as a person stopping for the character
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This shows that death isn't serene or content as shown in "Because I could not stop for death—," but that it's scary and lonely showing the realistic aspect of death and the weight that it carries.
In the last stanza of "I heard a Fly—when I died" we can see how Dickinson's approach to fatality has a more serious, realistic, and cold tone "With Blue—uncertain stumbling Buzz—/Between the light—and me—/And then the Windows failed—and then/I could not see to see." This is what I believe makes this poem so powerful, the fact that it shows that death has no persona, and that it has no calm or swift aftermath. I admire this piece by Dickinson because it shows us that death isn't gentle nor compassionate; it doesn’t give us nice endings with beautiful sceneries, but cold truths with flies and imperfections to surround us as we part from a life we should've lived to the fullest.
In the end this poem impacts my life not because of what was said or written in "I heard a Fly—when I died," but because of what happens before this poem takes place. This masterpiece by Dickinson showed me that life is quick to end and that no force on earth can make a death a cheerful one. Having been exposed to this morbid point of view it somewhat encourages the reader to push on to do something meaningful in life seeing that in death there's nothing that can be done to leave an impact on world left behind. Having experienced
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