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The theme of death is common in poetry. Some of the poems which advance the theme
include Emily Dickinson’s “I heard a fly buzz-when I died,” John Donne’s “Death Be Not
Proud,” and Anne Sexton’s “Starry Night.” The poems present various views about death
through their respective mystical, hostile, and wistful approach to the theme.
In “I heard a fly buzz-when I died,” the deceased speaker views death as a spiritual
process which takes them to the next world. She reflects upon the moment of their death. At first,
she is prepared for her death. But for the buzzing fly, the room is still. The spiritual view of death
is seen in the second stanza where everyone awaits “For the last Onset-when the King/...