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In I heard a Fly buzz Emily Dickinson expresses to her readers about the emotional instability she feels while on her deathbed She has written several poems about death but this one differs from her other poems because it is told from her perspective in accordance with her final moments The poem creates several powerful images that arouse various possible explanations It is easiest to understand how the poem and her death unfolds by reviewing the poem stanza by stanza However before examining the actual context it is also important to look at the form of the poem which also plays a puissant role First of all and most noticeable is the continual use of dashes which adds a lingering essence as if foreshadowing the death The dashes also signify power and unanswered questions about death and perhaps whether or not an afterlife exists Another aspect of the form is how it is broken up into stanzas expressing differing ideas in each one By braking up such ideas it is easier to analyze the varying aspects of death that Ms Dickinson believes are imperative when expressing what she is feeling prior to her death The first stanza starts off repeating the title I heard a Fly buzzwhen I died line 1 These words though odd are explained through the rest of the stanza as the insignificance of the sound of a flys buzz is magnified thus becoming extreme compared to The Stillness in the room 2 This Stillness is then related to the Stillness in the air 3 Though the Stillness causes the buzzing sound to take strength Stillness in this stanza takes on a double meaning which is representative of death as well The second stanza differs from the first in that as she lies in her bed observers who express their own emotions while witnessing her final moments surround her The Eyes aroundhad wrung them dry--- And Breaths were
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