Yes, we did read many interesting assignments for this class, but I have decided that I am doing my final paper on Emily Dickinson because I find her poems really interesting. One of her famous poems is called I heard a Fly buzz. When we had to read her poems for class, the first line of the poem had hooked me in because the poem starts off by saying “I heard a fly buzz- when I died” (Dickinson 1), and I began to think on how one can hear something flying when they died. Was she talking about how now that she is now a ghost that she can still see and hear things that were around her? When we were working on our daily twitter question, my group was going to use this as our question “How could someone hear something if they are dead? But, Nadine said that she heard that it meant that Dickinson was actually having an orgasm. Since my topic for my final paper is about Emily Dickinson I went straight to looking up the response on what she really meant when she states “I heard a fly buzz”.
Gerhard Friedrich believed that “In an atmosphere of outward quiet and inner calm, the dying person collectedly proceeds to bequeath his or her worldly possessions, and while engaged in this activity of “willing,” finds his attention withdrawn by a fly’s buzzing”. I do see were Friedrich is coming from because as we died we want to remember the time we spent on Earth and the fly in a way symbolizes life, something that we are no longer able to have when we die. Dickinson continues her poem by saying “The stillness in the room. Was like the stillness in the air. Between the Heaves of Storm” (Lines 2-4). When she uses the word stillness I feel like Dickinson is trying to say that death is not only quick, but also can be silent. Her next lines are “The Eyes around – had wrung them dry – And Breaths were gathering firm For that last Onset – when the King Be witnessed – in the Room –” (5-8) With “The eyes around” line I believe that there was people in the room that had just witness the death and the dying person did not what their love ones to cry over their death, but to in a way celebrate their life and the time that they have with each other. The poem goes on with if “I willed my Keepsakes – Signed away, What portion of me be Assignable – and then it was There interposed a Fly –” (Lines 9-12). She wanted the love ones to have her possessions and to remember that life should not be taken for granted. Dickinson ends her poem with “With Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz – Between the light – and me -And then the Windows failed – and then I could not see to see –” (Line 13-16). I believe what Dickinson was trying to say is that sometimes death is a good thing because there is no longer pain and suffering left.
I will admit that I am not a huge poem person, but I like Emily Dickinson’s poems because there are many ways that it can be interpreted. Sometimes writing a final paper can be hard, but I believe with the right sources that I will be able to write a good paper on Emily Dickinson and her poems and I hope that the rest of you guys are able to also find good sources and write a wonderful paper. 😀
Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson Edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)
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