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I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died – Emily Dickinson.

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1 I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died – Emily Dickinson

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8 Born: 1830Died: 1886 Born: 1830Died: 1886 Born in Amherst, Massachusetts Born in Amherst, Massachusetts Family educated and political Family educated and political Energetic child Energetic child Separated herself from others Separated herself from others Refused to leave house Refused to leave house Obsessed with writing Obsessed with writing 7 poems published during life 7 poems published during life

9 Dickinsons Poetry Many about death Many about death Wrote 1,775 poems Wrote 1,775 poems Sent four to Thomas Higginson, a critic Sent four to Thomas Higginson, a critic Odd punctuation Odd punctuation Uneven meter and rhyme Uneven meter and rhyme

10 I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died – Speaker on brink of death: Speaker on brink of death: Between the light – and me – Fly = Death Fly = Death Dies in last two lines: Dies in last two lines: And then the Windows failed – and then I could not see to see –

11 I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died – The eyes around – had wrung them dry – The eyes around – had wrung them dry – Gathered people crying Gathered people crying King = God King = God I willed my Keepsakes I willed my Keepsakes Made a will Made a will Prepared Prepared

12 Overall Message Describes what happens at death Describes what happens at death Death like a fly Death like a fly Death still present despite her will Death still present despite her will And then the Windows failed – and then/ I could not see to see – And then the Windows failed – and then/ I could not see to see –


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