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Emily DickinsonDana Kornblum English 12H November 20 2001 Death in Emily Dickinsons Poetry Emily Dickinson was largely known for her morbid writings that seemed to mirror her own life Her best works were written after the death of a close friend or family member Emily Dickinsons loneliness deceiving loves and family members deaths greatly influenced her writings that were a mere attempt to let others know of her problems The two poems Because I could not stop for Death and I heard a Fly buzz when I Died reflect the same subject matter but convey two substantially different attitude towards death The first poem portrays the relation between a person and death sneaking up on them and the latter is about a persons ability to perceive even at the time of death Emily Dickinson was an introspective author who lived her insular life in her familys home in Amherst Massachusetts Her immediate family was very important in her life Her father who held education in high regard was a lawyer a politician and the treasurer of Amherst College Her mother suffered periods of poor health and Emily often felt she was without a mother In her late twenties Emily began to withdraw from society There has been much speculation regarding her agoraphobia1 Some critics feel she suffered emotional crises due to problematic love affairs with the Reverend Charles Wadsworth but there seems to be no concrete evidence that this was true2 The later years of Dickinsons life were tragically marked by the deaths of her closest friends Emilys father died in 1874 Samuel Bowles in 1878 Holland in 1881 Charles Wadsworth her love Dickinsons mother in 1882 and her nephew in 18833 Her poetry from that period shows an obsession with death that has come to characterize Dickinsons work as a whole Emily died in 1886 of kidney failure After her death Lavinia Emilys sister found her poem collection and had the
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