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I Heard A Fly Buzz Essay

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Have you ever lost someone in your life who was extremely important to you? Did you feel like once the grieving was over the world continued to move on? In the poem [I heard a fly buzz] by Emily Dickinson, Dickinson ponders the topic of death and the impact it has on its surroundings. The poem takes place from beyond the grave in which the narrator is in a silent room interrupted by the buzzing of a fly: “I heard a fly buzz/when I died”(Line 1). Many people are in the room mourning over the loss of the dead person: “The Eyes around--had wrung them dry/Breaths were gathering firm” (Lines 5-6). It is assumed that God is taking her away to her afterlife: “/when the King/be witnessed in the room.” Through point of view, imagery, and diction, Dickinson conveys the speaker’s feelings towards death and how people react to it, revealing the beliefs that people will never truly…show more content…
This allows the audience to recognize the feelings everyone has surrounding death and the concept that people mourn over death for a short time then return back to their normal state of being. The stages of dying transition from being in a silent room, people mourning around her, to the transition to God taking her to her afterlife: “/when the King/be witnessed in the room.” The King is a symbol of God who meets the dead person in order to take them to their afterlife.
Emily Dickinson utilizes Point of view, imagery and diction to convey a dead person’s perspective of dying. Point of view is deployed in order to understand the dead person’s perspective. Imagery and diction allows the audience to understand things like the stillness in the room, the crying of the mourners and other pieces of the poem that achieve a solidified perspective from the dead person. Dickinson writes “I heard a Fly Buzz” in order to challenge the perspective of a dead person and grasp a firm sensation of
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