Compare and Contrast How the Theme of Death Is Portrayed in Emily Dickinson’s Poem – ‘Dying’ and the Extract from Dracula Essay

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The poem ‘I heard a fly buzz when I died’ was written by Emily Dickinson in the year 1924. Emily was quite a lonesome woman, and this poem reflects her state of mind at the time. The theme of death in this poem is quite painless. There are no signs of struggle, grief or torture in the dying process. However the vision of death it presents is rather threatening. Moreover, the extract from Dracula relates to the theme of death at the end, rather than throughout. It relates to the death of all living organisms, unlike the poem, which merely correlates with the death of a human, the poet herself. The poem of Emily Dickinson, describes her death right the way through the poem. In comparison, the extract from Dracula is actually much more descriptive of the journey towards the tomb. The extract also, conveys the death of plants, animals and people. It uses the description and imagery of colour, sounds and textures of the tomb. This gives us a visual sense of how the tomb would feel, look like and smell. It relates to all of the readers senses to give us a feeling of inclusion on the journey. To begin with, the poem ‘Dying’ is a fairly composed and peaceful one, at that. The mere fact that the appearance of an ordinary, insignificant fly opens the poem is quite startling as to how it would associate with the death of a human. By the end of the poem however, we are aware of the huge significance of the fly, as being the centrepiece of the poem itself. The first stanza opens with the poet writing in the first person. Therefore we automatically feel as if the poet is portraying something of her life. We are presented with Onomatopoeia on the first line. ‘Buzz’ the sound of the fly represents its existence within the poem, and the location too. Enjambment has also been made use of, to express the poet’s feelings as well as to keep the reader engaged. Line two, ‘The
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