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30-1 Kelsey and Carling Pop-Up Poetry

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Carling Hood

on 10 June 2013

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Transcript of 30-1 Kelsey and Carling Pop-Up Poetry

The Stillness in the Air-
Between the Heaves of Storm- I Heard A Fly Buzz - When I Died I heard A Fly Buzz - When I Died At this point, the fly is meaningless and insignificant. Flies appear when something is dying or decaying, which could possibly be the symbolism of the fly. There is just silence and a pesky fly. Emily Dickenson was known for writing poems from the perspective of someone who had already passed, "I died for Beauty — but was scarce" The Stillness in the Air-
Between the Heaves of Storm- And Breaths were gathering firm
For the last onset- When the king
Be witnessed- in the room The eyes around had- wrung them dry- The only sound in the room is the fly. A moment of anticipation and suspense. It's almost like the fly is the calm before the storm. I heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died By Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson I willed my keepsakes- signed away
What portion of me to be
Assignable- and then it was
There interposed a Fly- With blue- uncertain stumbling Buzz-
Between the light- and me-
And then the windows failed- and then
I could not see to see In this stanza her family members have cried out all their tears and they are now awaiting the King. Who is death himself. They know that death is upon them and all they can do is wait. In the first part of the stanza the author uses an oxymoron because she says "that last Onset" Last, meaning the end and onset, meaning the beginning. Ironically, the suspenseful tone that the speaker portrays when describing, waiting for someone to die, is symbolism for the common housefly. When a fly comes into your house, you wait in suspense for that perfect moment to swat the fly and end it's life. Analysis of the title. The title suggests that we are going to be given a rare glimpse into what death is like from the viewpoint of someone who has already died. Emily Dickinson uses both past and present tense words, to indicate a transition between life and death. Emily lived in almost total isolation from the outside world. Her poetry reflects her loneliness and the speakers of her poems generally live in a state of want. Who is the audience? The poem can relate to everyone because everyone of us is going to die. We can't live forever and so long as we have the people we care about by our side, until the end, we will find our happy ending. I willed away my keepsakes- signed away
What portion of me to be Assignable This sentence represents how herself and everyone had come to accept the fact that she was dying and was anticipating her death, so she willed away everything she had that was worth anything. It also represents how she owns certain things that cannot be assignable which could represent her body or soul. ...-and then it was
There interposed a fly A blue buzz indicates a noise that is blue. Which could either be making reference to the fly or it could be talking about the sky. The narrator is possibly looking toward the sky in her final moments as a reassurance for a happy after life. Such as a place in Heaven. This means the fly came in between two things. We learn in the next stanza that it could mean the fly came between her and the light, and it could also mean that it came between her and a peaceful death. The window is used to create the image of the narrator closing her eyes for the final time. She can still hear but she can no longer see. Hearing is usually the last of the five senses to go before you die. There seems to be an odd disconnect between life and death in the entire poem. It's odd because the narrator has been dead this whole time. Ironically, the only living sound the speaker makes reference to is that of the fly. Purpose The purpose of this poem is to show that death is inevitable but we have to take it in strides and know that something is waiting for us on the other side.
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