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two of Emily Dickinson’s poems, “I heard a Fly buzz-when I died” and
“Because I could not stop for Death” are both written about life’s
stopping point, death. Although the poems are written by the same poet,
both poems view death in a different manner. Between the two poems, one
views death as having an everlasting life while the other anticipates
everlasting life, only to realize it does not exist. While both poems
are about death, both poems also illustrate that the outcome of death is
a mysterious experience that can only be speculated upon with the
anticipation of everlasting life.
In “I heard a Fly buzz-when I died” the woman seems to anticipate
everlasting life, but does not find it. When the woman in the poem dies
and her eyes or “…Windows…” (15) as the poem calls them, fail it
represents that she sees nothing after she is dead. The last line of the
poem, “I could not see to see” (16) further supports that when she was
dead there was nothing further to explore
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Jul 28th, 2015
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