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I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died And I Felt A Funeral In My Brain

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“I heard a fly buzz when I died” (I heard a fly, 1); the death in this poem is so effortless, besides the illusion of death that it presents it is so scary. The appearance of a simple and trivial fly at the peak of life only frightens and disconnects us. As we approach the end of the poem, the fly has obtained an awful meaning. Without doubt, the fly becomes the most central image. The fly makes a genuine appearance in four stanzas of the poem and that is what the speaker experiences in dying. ”I felt a funeral in my brain”(I felt a funeral, 1), this poem also clearly shows us that Emily addresses her fear of death which is very frightening to the speaker she shows this by her selflessness and her unconsciousness in this poem, we the readers are also frightened by this selfless expression of death in the sense that we experience the speakers dip in the path of insanity and the scary path most of us feel when we are about going crazy, in this poem she also emphasizes on her fear for not being accepted into heaven. So this paper focuses on how Emily Dickson uses literary terms to express her feeling about death or her connection with death and how Emily Dickinson’s life reflected on her poems.
The title of this poem “I heard a fly buzz when I died” (I heard a fly, 1) is very scary and intriguing. Intriguing in the sense that she uses a fly to show disgust, a feeling most people in the world have about death because most people don’t want to die. Also in the title the speaker uses onomatopoeia whereby she mimics the sound the fly makes “buzz” (I heard a fly, 1). There is a transition in the poem in which it emphasizes on the fly in the poem which is very symbolic and singled out in this poem because it was buzzing in a room which was silent “The Stillness in the Room, Was like the Stillness in the Air” (I heard a fly, 2-3). The poem describes a short interval of silence followed by sad or scary things happening again “Between the heaves of storm” (I heard a fly, 4). The speaker helps us build an image of what is going on in the poem where people observing the death are tired of grieving “The eyes besides had wrung them dry, and breaths were gathering firm” (I heard a fly, 5-6), also in this line she describes how the people around the speaker are breathing heavily and how their breathing has come to normal. These heavy breathing that she describes tells us that death is about to happen, which is indicated by the “For the last onset, when the king be witnessed in his power.” (I heard a fly, 7-8)
The speaker uses oxymoron to describe death or the coming of death where “onset” (I heard a fly, 7-8) means a beginning and “last” (I heard a fly, 7-8) means an end. In the Christian religion, death is the beginning of eternal life and brings about revelation of God in that line “the king” (I heard a fly, 7-8) is a reference to the almighty God, who will witness this transformation from death to eternal life or in another context we can look at the “the...

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