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Analysis and comments on I heard a Fly buzz -- when I died by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 42 of 612, added on March 1st, 2009 at 5:29 PM.

I agree with Elizabeth from China- I definitely think it is about
expectations and how everyone believes that God will be in the room.. But
the narrator can't see God. The only evidence of life is the buzz on the
fly which I think symbolizes death itself. Everyone waits for God to come
after she dies but instead she is blocked off from the light and consumed
by the darkness of the fly/death. She is left with nothing esp. since she
"Signed away/What portions of me be/ Assignable..."

All the people gather for the "last Onset" which I think means life after
death (the last beginning, since onset means beginning). and they think
the "king" (God) will be witnessed in the room...
but then its not.
and all that is left is the darkness. and the flies that eat her dead flesh
when she dies...

That's just what I think. I also think the fly could symbolize satan as
well though because either she could be left with nothing or even worse-
the devil. however I don't think the last stanza really pushes that deep
into saying that it's the devil that blocks her from the light... I just
think it's nothing.
When I think of Emily Dickinson and all her work, to me, she doesn't seem
religious at all. I think it is almost a criticism to all those that are
religious and eagerly wait for her to reach God.

Tell me what you think!
Thanks,
Claire

Claire from Bahamas
Comment 41 of 612, added on March 2nd, 2009 at 12:22 AM.

Thanks Conal for writing all that down- it really made me think about her
poem in a deeper way and touched upon some key questions. Now that my mind
is rolling I know know what I may want to write about for my essay. Thanks
again, it was very helpful and I think other people who are interested in
digging deeper into this poem should think about those questions.

Sarah from United States
Comment 40 of 612, added on February 2nd, 2009 at 4:28 PM.

you guys are all dickenson freaks. for real. "died isnt actually a
reference to death" what is it then! nacho chips! grow up and learn to
read. sometimes a river is just a river. in this case, the fly is a fly.
now stop reading stupid poems and do something worthwile for once.

zach from United States
Comment 39 of 612, added on January 16th, 2009 at 11:57 AM.

I think emily dickinson was a very depressed woman. She went through alot
in her time and i think thats why she connects her poems to death so much
because death is a sad thing.

Kalyn from United States
Comment 38 of 612, added on January 9th, 2009 at 1:28 PM.

how she express how she express, if she did die. it was so convincing i
almost thought thats how it would be if someone like her died.

tony from United States
Comment 37 of 612, added on January 4th, 2009 at 9:38 AM.

Actually, i believe that Emily Dickinson was a genius. many do not agree,
but look at Einstein. He failed all through school but later was proved to
be genius. She also was a very unique poet of her time. She was the first
known poet to write the way she did. In poem 465, Dickinson might have
written about death and her let down at the point of death. The fly might
symbolize the Devil, coming and taking her away from the light. The windows
closing might have been the darkness coming and taking her from life, when
the fly might have landed upon her eyeball. The buzz might be her
realization that she is not going to heaven after all. She was waiting for
her King (God) to come and save her, and take her away from life on earth
by giving her eternal life. However, she was not rewarded with eternal
life, but with eternal death. This shows that although we might think we
have everything arranged, even to the point of death, there can always be a
change of plans. so be prepared, who knows when a fly might next land on
YOUR eye? haha

p.s. Happy New Year! :D

Jasmine from United States
Comment 36 of 612, added on December 11th, 2008 at 6:09 PM.

Dear Colton,
Please learn how to spell "of" before you make such a bold comment on a
extremely talented poet such as Emily Dickenson referring to her as a
"retard". I believe that this poem is a reflection of her opinion on death.
because she has experienced so much of it she has become null to the shear
concept of death and views it very morbidly by saying after you die the
flies buzz around your lifeless body.

Amanda from Canada
Comment 35 of 612, added on November 21st, 2008 at 10:35 AM.

She expresses her feelings during time of years when she was surrounded by
death from the people who where very close to her. She mourns their deaths
and brings her sadness, and feelings out that there is no life after death,
just rotting to be nothing more than decaying bodies surrounded by flies

Raphael L. from United States
Comment 34 of 612, added on November 19th, 2008 at 11:33 PM.

i think that this chick was a retard. and so are all ov you. this is relly
all you gise do on your spaer time? go play sum xbox ore sumthing. your all
stuped foor reeding this crap

colton from United States
Comment 33 of 612, added on October 30th, 2008 at 8:55 AM.

Emily Dickinson viewpoint of the problem of death and dying is quite
unusual.She lived a very different life.

Krystal from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 465. I heard a Fly buzz -- when I died
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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