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I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died

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Amanda Miller

on 6 March 2013

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I Heard A fly Buzz When I Died Emily Dickinson Work Cited http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/155 http://www.poemhunter.com/emily-dickinson/biography/ Figurative Language Paraphrase POV/Rhyme Scheme/Shifts/Theme Title/Tone/Connotation Life Influence of Life on Poetry Writing Style Background on Emily Dickinson born in 1830 in Amherst, Mass.
barely left her house
influenced Reverend Charles Wadsworth
admired Robert and Elizabeh Barnett Browning
wrote over 1800 poems
made her own booklets of poems
died at age 55 on May 15th, 1886 poems fall into three categories
pre-1861 (conventional/sentimental in nature)
1861-1865 (most creative period)
Post-1886 poetry reflects her loneliness
narrators are usually desperate
poems also show recollection of inspirational moments
influenced by Metaphysical poets of 17th-century England Sacred
Calm
Tranquil POV - 1st Person

Rhyme Scheme -
ABCB
4 Stanzas
Iambic Trimeter Christine Di Taranti and Amanda Miller I heard a fly buzz when I died;
It is quiet all around her body
Everything around is quiet
Like the calm before the storm or a bad situation
There are people watching her death and finish crying
Their breaths calm down after crying
She is about to see God in the afterlife
She wrote a will saying her last goodbyes
Trying to get whatever part of her is still living to say goodbye
Then a fly flew by as a symbol of almost distraction from her eventual fate
With sadness she hears it buzz
The narrator starts to “see the light” and die
The narrator “sees no more light” and dies Calm
Tranquil
Peaceful (until fly comes) "The eyes beside had wrung them dry"
Personification
Eyes cannot wring themselves dry Symbolism The fly is a symbol of the narrator's life
It is the last hope and how the narrator is seeing her oncoming death
All hope is lost when she sees the fly "The windows failed" is a symbol of the narrator's actual death
When they failed the narrator died Shifts
When the fly comes along the peaceful tone changes
"-and then" the dash indicates the change
"interposed" also reveals the shift Mortality
Sacred feelings of the last moments of life
Life is as uncertain as death uses a lot of dashes in her poem
idiosyncratic vocabulary and imagery
avoids pentameter and usually uses trimeter or tetrameter and sometimes diameter
meters are usually irregular Theme http://www.wiredforbooks.org/poetry/images/Emily_Dickinson.gif Words that reveal Tone/Title:
stillness
breaths
blue
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