By Amy Gordon,2014-06-21 11:00
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I heard a fly buzz---when I died ---Emily


    作者 胡晓霞 | 20070812 11:00 | 浏览总次数 (1883)

     I heard a Fly buzz --- when I died ---

     The stillness in the Room

     Was like the stillness in the Air ---

     Between the Heaves of Storm ---

     The Eyes around -- had wrung when them dry ---

     And breaths were gathering firm

     For that last Onset -- when the King

     Be witnessed ---- in the Room ---

     I willed my keepsakes ---Signed away

     What portion of me be

     Assignable --- and then it was

     There interposed a Fly ---

     With Blue ---- uncertain stumbling Buzz -

     Between the light ---- and me ----

     And the windows failed ----and then

     I could not see to see ---

















    People always have mixed perceptions, thoughts, or beliefs about death. When people think about death, they might experience fear or anxiety as to what the afterlife holds for them. Writers in different time periods throughout history have used different figures to represent death itself,

     as well as the different feelings toward dying and what happens after death. In 1863, Emily Dickinson wrote the slant rhyme poem "I heard a Fly buzz - when I died-," which gives the reader a rare glimpse of dying from the view point of someone who is already dead. Death is a part of life no matter what personal belief one has, and according to Emily Dickinson, life may continue after death.

    Emily's poem is told in the past tense by person who has already died. Emily Dickinson uses past and present tense words together, which indicate a transition between life and death. The poem is ironic and unique because there is a concern with a menial matter such as a buzzing fly at the final moment of life. In the first stanza the narrator states, "I heard a Fly buzz- when I died-". An annoying fly is usually not of utmost importance when one is dying. Death is perceived as a serious time in life. Emily Dickinson sets the tone of the poem intending to shock the reader, which is what happens.

Analysis of I Heard a Fly Buzz When I died by Emily Dickinson

    In Emily Dickinson's poem I Heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died, the feeling of death being present in the room is the overall tone. The tie in between death and the flies persistent buzzing is one that must be looked at very closely. The buzzing is not something that the average living


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