Staring into the sun, the man anticipates he will meet his maker. When discussing death, several questions come to mind about what happens in our afterlife, such as: where do you go and what do you see? My reactions to the two poems were about the same in both. The last line affirms the existence of immortality, but the emphasis on the distance in time for the dead also stresses death's mystery. Her earliest editors omitted the last eight lines of the poem, distorting its meaning and creating a flat conclusion. On the other hand, it may merely be a playful expression of a fanciful and joking mood. Dyer Lucas, Dolores, Emily Dickinson and Riddle, DeKalb: University of Illinois Press, 1969. This is a fascinating point of view, for although many people have claimed to return from near-death experiences with stories of life after death, no one has ever been able to describe the moment of death itself.
By citing the fearless cobweb, the speaker pretends to criticize the dead woman, beginning an irony intensified by a deliberately unjust accusation of indolence — as if the housewife remained dead in order to avoid work. She began writing verse at an early age, practicing her craft by rewriting poems she found in books, magazines, and newspapers. During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson published just seven poems, and even those appeared anonymously. The speaker is already dead, and is telling us about what happened at her deathbed. However, as the human soul is existing its physical encasement, it experiences the blue that makes up part of the spiritual eye with its outer golden circle which rims the blue inside of which is a pentagonal white star.
The last three lines are a celebration of the timelessness of eternity. Lines 5-6 In these lines, Dickinson uses metonymy. The death in this poem is painless, yet the vision of death it presents is horrifying, even gruesome. This poem also has a major division and moves from affirmation to extreme doubt. These last two lines suggest that the narcotic which these preachers offer cannot still their own doubts, in addition to the doubts of others.
The eyes beside had wrung them dry, And breaths were gathering sure For that last onset, when the king Be witnessed in his power. That the night of death is common indicates both that the world goes on despite death and that this persisting commonness in the face of death is offensive to the observers. If it is centuries since the body was deposited, then the soul is moving on without the body. And then the Windows failed? The readers can connect with this feeling of death, and perhaps the universal fear of death connects readers to this particular poem. Lines 9-12 In this stanza, the speaker describes the completion of personal business as an important part of the dying process. Her focus on specifics about her surroundings allow the readers to enter into her deathbed with her. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830 and lived there all her life.
Most of the rimes are slant rimes: Room-Storm, firm-room, be-fly. The clock is a trinket because the dying body is a mere plaything of natural processes. Much speculation abounds regarding some of the most known facts about her. There are similarities in these two poems such as the theme and the observentness of the narrator. The presence of immortality in the carriage may be part of a mocking game or it may indicate some kind of real promise. The phrase 'they say' and the chant-like insistence of the first two stanzas suggest a person trying to convince herself of these truths.
She writes two of my favorite poems. Must all riddles have solutions? He buzzes here and there, not sure where to land. In the fifth stanza, the body is deposited in the grave, whose representation as a swelling in the ground portends its sinking. The flatness of its roof and its low roof-supports reinforce the atmosphere of dissolution and may symbolize the swiftness with which the dead are forgotten. The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an enormous impact on her poetry. Lines nine through twelve are the core of the criticism, for they express anger against the preaching of self-righteous teachers.
Emily Dickinson is known for her short poems, filled with shocking imagery and dark ideas. This uncertain buzzing is disturbing to the speaker, in her moment of death. During a trip to Philadelphia in the early 1850s, Dickinson fell in love with a married minister, the Reverend Charles Wadsworth; her disappointment in love may have brought about her subsequent withdrawal from society. Many of Dickinson's poems contain a theme of death that searches to find meaning and the ability to cope with the inevitable. In the first stanza, the poetess tells about the buzz of a fly which interrupts -- rather ludicrously --the approach of death. In plain prose, Emily Dickinson's idea seems a bit fatuous.
The poem may be a complaint against a Puritan interpretation of the Bible and against Puritan skepticism about secular literature. Her invocations of religion are, however, often subversive—particularly given that she lived in a deeply religious town. Throughout her life, she seldom left her home and visitors were few. The second stanza describes the dry-eyed onlookers as they come closer in the room in order to witness the last dying moments. Dickinson herself published only ten or so poems during her lifetime. Moving in and out of the death room as a nervous response to their powerlessness, the onlookers become resentful that others may live while this dear woman must die.