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I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died by Emily Dickinson might be interpreted as describing a tragic time in Miss Emilys life This poem seems to be an observation where Ms Dickinson is talking in the third person She might be describing her husbands death as though she were her husband experiencing his death This poem may have been written at the time of her husbands death thus Miss Emily could be symbolized as a fly buzzing Several clues lead us to this conclusion all of which will be explained In the first line if the poem Ms Emily says I heard a fly buzz when I died She could be talking here as if she were the dying person her husband The fly that Emily is talking about could be herself she could be yelling or crying about the fact that her husband is dying right in front of her and he is paying no attention to her The stillness in the room was like the stillness in the air between the heaves of a stormlines 2-4 could very easily be translated as the moments between death and life when everything is completely silent It resembles the eye of a hurricane She could be describing here a place where it is peaceful maybe the gates of Heaven but then again the fly is still buzzing Perhaps her husband still feels the presence of Miss Emily crying over him The first line in the next stanza expresses much confusion when it says They eyes around had wrung them dry This could mean that these crying eyes of Emily had drained all the water from her storms crying out Thus clearing the clouds And breaths were gathered firm for one last onset when the king be witnessed in the room These lines could represent how Miss Emily sees herself through her husbands eyes totally silent She is ready to burst
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