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

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Comment 12 of 612, added on May 18th, 2005 at 6:55 AM.

I like this poem very much !It conveys the author's idea clearly in a very
few sentences___that is her doubt wether there exists a God !Wonderfull
!She is much ahead of her time !

Rachel from China
Comment 11 of 612, added on May 17th, 2005 at 12:29 AM.

The current comments are interesting. I read this poem in an entirely
different light.
To me it is beautiful and pensive. I have often heard that the hearing is
the last to "go" when we fall asleep.
Hearing a fly buzz was the last sound she heard. What could be the meaning
of this small insignifiacnt symbol of life, that it was the last thing she
recognized? And life goes on...and maybe it is the little things we do in
life that really are most important afterall.

Suzann from United States
Comment 10 of 612, added on April 27th, 2005 at 4:40 PM.

Okay, in regard to the fly being the devil, i agree. actually the
translation of the word "Beelzebub" is lord of the flies, however,
beelzebub in the bible is the devil. Flies are commonly used as evil
beings in some literature. also, i thougt maybe what she is trying to say
is even the smallest sin can send you to hell. The fly is small and you
wouldn't think a fly could stop you from going to heaven just as you
wouldn't think a small sin would. Just a Thought!!

nikki from United States
Comment 9 of 612, added on April 13th, 2005 at 7:49 PM.

When it says "there interposed a Fly" and one line down it says "Between
the light --and me-- An then the Window failed--and then I could not see to
see--" It made me think that the fly held her back from going to heaven
"between the light". So the king(Christ/God) did come to take her away to
heaven I think. So the fly was maybe the devil in my opinion and did not
let her go, but instead brought her down into darnkess "I could not see to
see" I could be very wrong but that kidna cought my eye.

RT from United States
Comment 8 of 612, added on April 3rd, 2005 at 4:32 PM.

beautifully ironic and dark

Danielle
Comment 7 of 612, added on March 26th, 2005 at 8:33 PM.

I think that she imagines as a fly a the re-incarnation. in the quotes "The
eyes around had wrung them dry-" "For that last Onset when the King"
may the people are in the room waiting for the king (death).

Rosalia from United States
Comment 6 of 612, added on February 1st, 2005 at 2:00 PM.

Emily Dickenson was tripping on acid

Barnaby Lancaster from United States
Comment 5 of 612, added on January 24th, 2005 at 4:32 PM.

This was a rather grim poem. I feel the message in this poem is that there
is no "afterlife" after death. The "King" never comes instead the dead
person sees the fly which becomes a symbol for decay. Perhaps that is all
there is to our deaths, we will all rot away into nothingless by the fly...

Leungo88 from Ireland
Comment 4 of 612, added on November 12th, 2004 at 12:46 PM.

I thought this was a very touching poem it screams it screams it screams be
thankful that you lived to se another day charish your family members while
you got them because once death comed aint no stoppin um. they are just
going to take you away i often wonder what are the last things i would hear
when i am on my death bed.Will it be in my sleep or the pain will i fill?I
often wonder. I lOVE POETRY

Dametria Anderson LSH from United States
Comment 3 of 612, added on November 12th, 2004 at 12:33 PM.

it was sad, it was a sad poem. it made me cry it was a sad poem


Shalitha from United States

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

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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