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Reoccurrences Of Death In Emily D Ickenson's Writings

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Emily Dickinson's poems "Because I Could Not Stop for Death", "I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died", and "I Felt A Funeral In My Brain" all acknowledge one of life's undisputable phenomenon's, death. Much of Dickinson's work showed her interests in mortality, and in these three poems, her interests in exploring death are evident. Her curiosity lead her to the question of what happens after death. Do you go to heaven, to nothing, or to a new life?"Because I could Not Stop for Death" is one of Emily Dickinson's most famous poems. Death in this poem is translated as a woman's last trip headed toward eternity. This poem helps to characterize and relate to death on a more personal level. Dickinson ...view middle of the document...

"I heard a Fly buzz-when I died," shows a disbelief in heaven or any form of afterlife. In this poem, a woman is lying in bed with her family and friends standing around waiting for her to die. While the family waits for her to pass on, she waits for "...the King..." This represents some sort of god that will come for her. As the woman dies, her eyes are referred to as failed and she "...could not see to see-." As she died she saw "the light" but her eyes failed and she saw darkness. This is a suggestion of there being no afterlife. The ladies' soul floated off into nothingness because there was no afterlife for it to go to. This is a contradiction about the afterlife as compared to Dickinson's other poem, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death", which indicated that life is a never-ending journey. These two poems deal with similar topics however they are entirely different in that one believes in life after death and the other does not.In Emily Dickinson's poem "I Felt A Funeral In My Brain," the belief of reincarnation is expressed. In the poem, important words that are strong in meaning are capitalized. At the beginning the feelings of grief and pain are evident, and throughout the rest of it, there is a feeling of solitude in a vicious cycle of being reincarnated from to different lives. The end of the poem reflects clearly that sometimes when life doesn't turn out for the best, you need to wait until your cycle is up. The speaker lives life, passes away, and is reborn again into this world all throughout this poem's entirety. The first two words of this poem reveal strong feelings. The words "I felt" show that the speaker is talking about herself, and the words "funeral" and "brain" combined illustrate death in someones head. "And mourners to and fro/kept treading-treading-till it seemed/that sense was breaking through-"(2,3,4). Here the speaker is bothered by their inner death that...

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