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Emily Dickinson had many tragic life experiences that influenced her poetry and caused her to commonly write upon the theme of death.

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Them of Death Emily Dickinson had many tragic life experiences that influenced her poetry and caused her to commonly write upon the theme of death. Dickinson's life was marked by a succession of deaths, which caused her to spend the later half of her life in sorrow. She experienced many tragic deaths of people close to her, thus influencing her writing as means of expression and becoming a recurrent theme in her poetry. One of the most commendable aspects to these poems is her ability to portray death in an essentially positive way, as seen in "There's a Certain Slant of Light" and "I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died". ...read more.


However it is crucial to note that by the final stanza, she avows that the sense of melancholy goes, the "heavenly hurt" lightens and once again hides in the shadows "like the Distance on the look of Death-" it is evident that she sees death as a release from the anxiety she suffers on earth, death will be her refuge. Likewise, "I heard a Fly Buzz When I Died", Dickinson takes us through the formalities of death "I willed my Keepsakes- Signed away" until then the rather humorous interruption of a fly came "there interposed a Fly." In regards to her use of punctuation the dash is also vital, "I Heard a Fly buzz-when I died" it is the finest opening lines as it effectively ...read more.


In other words, death is not only the body, but is especially the mind. This poem illuminates how Dickinson places the mind in an exalted position among life's pecking order. In Dickinson's eyes, the death of a rational, functional mind is the real tragedy. In conclusion, her unique view point on matters such as death, made her poetry mystical and psychological, rendering her a poet too radical for her time to eccentric to be accepted, too shocking to be published. Furthermore Emily Dickinson employment of nature imagery the world that inspired her enhanced her poetry creating aesthetically appealing and also very idealistic, positive poetry. Finally, Dickinson's attitude to death and the afterlife was not tainted by fear but the idea of relief; this is summed up in her words. ...read more.

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