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In "I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died" the we receive the image of death by the description in the first stanza, "the stillness round my form was like the stillness in the air between the heaves of storm." This stillness, like the stillness in the eye of the storm, does not change its surroundings, it is now constant. This is the image of death that is given, but the description goes on with: "and breaths were gathering surely for that last onset, when the king be witnessed in his power." The image of gathering breath to go and meet a king, suggests that they must have a lot of explaining to do. The speaker appears to be preparing to meet God.
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- "uncertain, stumbling buzz." This fly may be symbolic of all the stumbling that the speaker has done, and we see it's affect in the last 3 lines "between the light and me: and then the windows failed, and then I could not see to see." In this poem Dickinson uses language to describe ...
- "and breaths were gathering surely for that last onset, when the king be witnessed in his power." The image of gathering breath to go and meet a king, ...
- "king." "--and then interposed a fly, with blue, uncertain, stumbling buzz," the fact that the fly is blue may suggest royalty, perhaps the fly is a type of king ...
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Emily Dickinson, king,
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