This essay compares the common theme of death in two poems by Emily Dickinson, the poems are "I hear a fly buzz when i died" and "because i could not stop for death"

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Emily Dickinson Analysis

American Poetry is famous throughout the world and one of the most famous and well known American poets is Emily Dickinson. Dickinson deals with many themes and tones in her poetry however; one of the most dealt with themes is death. In "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" and "I Heard a Fly Buzz - When I Died" Emily Dickinson shows that death is not always as bad as it is portrayed and at times it can actually be a joyous thing.

In the poem "I Heard a Fly Buzz - When I Died" the first line "I heard a Fly buzz - when I died" shows a great significance. First the poem is in the first person. This shows that the narrator has already died and is recounting the experience. Therefore what is written must be of some truth.

Also the fact that the narrator was concentrating on a fly rather than anything else when she was on her deathbed sets the mood of a calm and ordinary scene.

In the poem "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" Dickinson is again writing in the first person and she also opens up the scene in a very casual type of manner. She says that death came to pick her up in a carriage and "The Carriage held but just Ourselves - And Immortality". This shows that once again death is as common a thing as taking a carriage ride with a friend or a beau rather than being a horrific ordeal with a great amount of pain.

Dickinson also describes a "Stillness in the Room" and compares to "the Stillness in the Air - Between the Heaves of Storm". The stillness in the air is better known...