Emily Dickinson : Death And Afterlife

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Emily Dickinson: Death and Afterlife Emily Dickinson lived a life of seclusion and grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. She almost always stayed at home and wore basic clothing, only dressing in white gowns (Puchner 1054). Dickinson also never married. She was born in 1830 and died in 1886. Dickinson never intended for her works to be published or even made public for that matter. She asked her sister to destroy all of her works, but instead, her sister decided to have her works published after her death.
First of all, Emily Dickinson wrote a myriad of poems about life, death, and even hinted at what she thought the afterlife entailed. In her poem, “I heard a Fly buzz—when I died,” Dickinson states “The stillness in the Room Was like the Stillness in the Air” (1059). This was her first hint to her view on death meant that stillness is the first aspect of death that a person endures. In the second quatrain of the poem, Dickinson says, “Breaths were gathering firm, For the last Onset—when the King be witnessed in the Room,” hinting that this “King” could be God or another form of religious entity that is thought to appear to one as death is happening (1059). The Christian religion was the main religion believed by the people living in her area for the duration of her lifetime.
Secondly, the third quatrain tells us that Dickinson was imagining separating from her life current life and moving into the afterlife away her “Keepsakes.” After this was concluded the “Fly”…
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