The Tone and Mood in "I Been told a Fly Buzz-When I Died"
Dickinson writes this poem from a perspective after she's died. She actually is describing the experience of dying, the final aesthesis prior to the exact minute of death. The loudspeaker is both observer and participant, which means the Self applied is divided. The poem shows her own eyesight of death- a standard yet indescribable puzzle of individual experience. She imaginatively explores the mystery. The shade is very peaceful. This coolness of the speaker who is dying helps the readers understand the amount of approval of her own fate. Furthermore, the shade is a significant robotic narration, the kind that you might expect from a dead person, with no emotion.
Flies are creatures that eat carrions. It is an ironic and cruel admonisher of the fate of any inactive person's body after she or he has died, which is a contrast of the original Christian belief about the holiness of life and fatality. Angels or God himself don't come to use the spirit of the her following the death, instead, only fly comes, and then the whole feeling changes and leaves total darkness and oblivion to the visitors.
In the first stanza, Dickinson instructs us that she is in the area, which is silent and the main aspect of the poem, the deceased scene, waiting for her fatality. The poem explains the tranquility between "heaves, " recommending that upheaval has happened in this instant and that more upheaval will follow. It is an instant of anticipation, of waiting. Mid-air continues to be, and the witnesses of her fatality are silent, the fly is buzzing. The speaker's build is tranquil, even chiseled. Her narration is concise and factual. She repeats the word "Stillness" double with both capitalized, which shows how strong that feelings is. However, in this stillness she heard a buzz of the fly, which interrupts the calmness n evidently annoys her. That is why she says "I listened to a Fly excitement - while i died", expressing the interruption of her certainty of loss of life.
In the next stanza, we remain in the room, but the presenter leaves the fly behind and discusses the people witnessing the fatality during her previous moment. Her respiration implies that "that last starting point" is going to happen. "Last starting point" can be an oxymoron, while "onset" means a beginning, and "last" means an end. Individuals around her are now stop crying and are calmly preparing for her loss of life. It shows everything is ready and she is now going to unite with the "King" in heaven. We can still note that although this is her last moment, there is absolutely no dread or sadness in this atmosphere. On the other hand, aside from her interior calmness, the people around her are quiet and peaceful too, other than weeping and crying. This strengthens the "stillness" in the first stanza.
The third and forth stanzas are an introduction of the fly. In the third stanza, when the speaker knows she is now ready and is also giving away her wills and traditions, without any track of sorrow and fear, the fly --- a reappear intruder, a odd, unneeded, and gross little bug --- breaks in her calmness again. This immediate interruption of the fly damages the peaceful image of this poem unexpectedly. But the fly doesn't come in the majority of the poem, it comes home in a huge way. The presenter uses the word "interposed", which changes everything and makes the atmosphere significantly less comfortable.
In the forth stanza, it's the first-time that the presenter details the fly in details. She uses words "Blue - uncertain - stumbling buzz" to show the image of it. It gives viewers a more robust image of the colors and activities that go with that annoying sound. Dickinson doesn't write a phrase to describe the fly, on the contrary, she only drops a few words, and we start to create a picture in our minds. Also, the word "uncertain" is obviously a completely other image of her willingness towards her death. When flies, which eat lifeless physiques, are associated with decay and loss of life, this "intruder's" interruption of the speaker's improvement toward the comforting of the light is evil. And right when the fly "interposes" between the light and her, she closes her eye and dies, in other words, as soon as when she dies, she does not die comfortably, which has gone out of expectation of the stillness in this poem. Although fatality is expected, the real moment of loss of life happens out of the blue. Also, when browse the poem as a whole, the eyesight has been narrowing, shutting and centralizing on the fly throughout the whole incident.
Every range in this poem is written in perfect iambic meter. These are split into two syllable chunks, while emphasizing on the second syllable. The space of the stanzas and the lines are also regular. There are four stanzas each with four lines. The first and the third lines in each stanza have eight syllables. The second and fourth lines each have six syllables. Dickinson offered this poem a simple, rhythmic feel. Rhyme also plays a significant role in this poem. The first stanzas have no apparent rhyme, until the last stanza that we visit a rhyme style of ABCB, which suggests that true rhyme comes with true death. The rhyme finalizes the loss of life in a way that making it a major part of the poem by adding emphasis on it.
Dickinson also runs on the lot of hyphens, which seems arbitrarily put in but in simple fact it is another important strategy. A dying person gasping for breathing that have abrupt pauses in their conversation. The way they force someone to pause over and over, even in unusual places, gives viewers the sense of poor, certain expectation. These lines represent those abrupt pauses, causing readers to read the poem much as the loudspeaker herself would.
The overall atmosphere in this poem is silent, quiet and peaceful, though, except when the fly interrupts the speaker's hanging around of death. When the sound of the fly fades, the vita of the presenter also fades, before poem's final instant of silence. It is very different from the stereotype feeling when people discuss or reveal death. Within this poem, the death is painless, yet the vision of loss of life is horrifying. At the start, the insignificant fly simply startles and disconcerts us. But by the end of the poem, the fly assumes dreadful meaning. Definitely the central image is the fly. It expresses the ambiance and encounters in the speaker's fatality. Although the tone is peaceful, the feeling is somber and unfortunate, as the fly obviously interrupts her expectation of the peaceful loss of life.
In conclusion, this poem signifies the type of loss of life, what everyone has to come across when they die. However, almost all of us believe that we, humans are special, more advanced than the other pets or animals and that our deaths should be treated with an increase of honor, as the simple truth is that humans are pets, too. Our deaths are forget about or less significant than the others. Loss of life is natural. This poem represents the obscure sense within Emily Dickinson. She could simply write a poem about seeing herself heading to heaven, but she didn't consider loss of life was as honorable as many would think and in the end she "cannot see to see"
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