I Heard A Fly Buzz, By Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson’s poem Fr 591 “I heard a Fly buzz,” describes the scene of the speaker’s death in a very obscure way. The poem is entirely located in a single room and the speaker is participating in a common deathbed ritual that would have taken place at that point in time. The room is quiet, many mourners are preparing for the speakers final moments, and the speaker begins to will away all of her material possessions. When the speaker is about to commit to death, a fly interrupts the scene and ultimately stands in the way between the speaker and what she hopes will follow her death, an afterlife. This poem, however, unlike Fr 479, “Because I could not stop for Death,” is focused not on the afterlife that comes after death, but instead is focused on an individual’s moments before death takes place. As for Fr 479, the speaker is riding in a carriage with Death and Immortality as they pass through a town. The horse-drawn carriage is taking the speaker to eternity and the fact that the speaker’s ride with death took place centuries ago, informs the reader that the speaker has been deceased for quite a long time. Though Fr 591 and Fr 479 are two completely different poems, they both have a common theme of death and depict death to be an actual person with human qualities. In both of these poems, the image of the speaker coming into contact with death is present and poetic medium is used in a similar way. In Fr 591, “I heard a Fly buzz” and Fr 479, “Because I could not stop for
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