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

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Comment 48 of 648, added on October 22nd, 2009 at 3:21 PM.

i came to this site for an english assigment. to those who commented
constructively, i appreciate the input - it gave me a greater insight into
the poem, which helped me complete the assignment.

as for the rude comment that seems to have riled us all up...

it's people like this that give the united states a reputation of ignorance
and idiocy. to assume that everyone who posts something helpful on a poem
analysis site is "fat and ugly" is moronic. seriously - are we in fifth
grade? and as it happens, i enjoy going out clubbing with my friends as
well. i go to concerts. i play soccer. i've even been approached to do
modeling jobs, which i'm sure shocks you, christopher, as you expect me to
be obese and covered in boils. some people actually find intelligence
attractive - a concept i'm sure is lost on you entirely.

the point is that we are sophisticated and intelligent people who just want
to help our fellow students. so keep on posting, everyone - it really is a
big help.

oh, and christopher? thanks again for perpetuating the
"smart-kids-are-lame" stereotype. i'm glad there are people like you in the
world; it makes me feel like a freaking genius.

Rosetta from United States
Comment 47 of 648, added on September 29th, 2009 at 11:50 PM.

Hey guy who likes boys christopher. why didn't you show your e- mail
address either?? and by the way these sites are for far more intellectual
people than yourself. I too go to college and am on here for my literature
course. Although i find this site helpful. You must be one sad little
person who is probably not even old enough to actually know what it means
to go "clubbin" haha. Does it make you feel better about yourself ( who is
probably fat and ugly yourself) ridiculing people online who are much more
intelligent than you? I bet it does. You obviously have nothing better to
do with your time either. Don't be a hypocrite bro. This poem is awesome,
apparently people who read it aren't always. go gain some knowledge kid.
peace asshole

Jordan Hoke from United States
Comment 46 of 648, added on April 27th, 2009 at 5:17 PM.

First thing that i noticed when i read Dickinson's poem was much emphasiss
that she put on the concept of death. During her lifetime, Dickinson must
have experienced a lot of sad things since her poems are mostly about
'death'. We could argue that she must have written and was indeed inspired
by her lifetime experiences. Like most people have commented, the "fly"
might be a sign of the devil snatching away the narrator. the narrator is
so sad and might be in such huge pain hence "And breaths were gathering
firm...", this could mean that the body and the soul were partying.
Dickinson's poems are very exciting to read and they need one to
concentrate else it would be difficult to get the meaning of the poem.
Otherwise this lady wrote well, she is a genius!

Segolame Kalayakgosi from Botswana
Comment 45 of 648, added on April 14th, 2009 at 7:12 PM.

I ran across this site trying to figure out what this poem means all
together and i think the comments are good to read and learn from. and no
im not fat and ugly your just rude and you even came across this for
homework also the same as me. anyway about the poem itself. i did not care
much for this one as much as her others. it was difficult to understand and
get a good meaning out of it....

Ashley from United States
Comment 44 of 648, added on March 15th, 2009 at 9:50 PM.

-people interpret the poems not quote.
-we comment because we like to help each other out and aren't selfish which
i can see you are and probably unintellectual as well.
-don't judge other people's life style you go out clubbing, some read poems
that's how things are
-and you as well like the rest of us "wasted" time posting something


go get a job or do something that actually benefits society


stephanie from United States
Comment 43 of 648, added on March 9th, 2009 at 3:15 PM.

okay first of all, this whole leave your comment on the poem is retarded. I
don't understand why anyone would take their free time to quote on these
stupid poems. For me i got out clubbing and do a little something called
living my life. You people live your life inside reading poems on the
computer all day. I bet the majority of you people that actually post on
this site to have fun are fat and ugly with no life outside this poem site.
The only reason why i'm posting this message is because it's part of my
english project. Everyone wasting their time on this site is a loser and
needs to get a freakin life.

Christopher from United States
Comment 42 of 648, 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!

Claire from Bahamas
Comment 41 of 648, 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 648, 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 648, 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

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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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