The first line from stanza 5, he states: “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…”- this line could connect to how dying is frightening by hinting of death sometimes staring at us in the face. Then, he also includes the Raven, which is a gloomy bird with jet-black feathers, who just gives off an aura of demise. A line would be, “"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil!” - he is now connecting the bird and how the man is confused on if the bird is good or bad; he alludes to death by calling the bird the devil, the fallen angel who resides in Hell. Even though Poe uses rhyme in this poem, he does it in such a way as to keep the reader interested along with tying in repetition.
During the experience, their attention shifts from the thought of dying to the buzz of a common fly (“I Heard a Fly Buzz—When I Died—”140-141). It is clear that Dickinson used her creative imagination to create an odd twist to the story of death. Romanticism was about using one’s imagination rather than being literal and scientific. The reason Dickinson used a fly, nobody knows, but the irony in the symbol is very strange. Flies, as most people know, are an annoyance.
‘The poems, written with hindsight, seem to make her suicide inevitable.’ (Wagner) Evaluate how far and in what ways Hughes uses language, form and structure in ‘The Shot’ to convey a sense of inevitability. In your response, you should also make links to other relevant poems from the collection. The poems within Birthday Letters allow Hughes to give the impression that the relationship between himself and Plath was destined for failure since they first met, and this was completely out of his control. Written in 1988, it could be implied that Hughes was excusing his actions in being unable to ‘save’ Plath. Wagner states that the poems actually seem to ‘make her suicide inevitable’.
In “The Death of the Moth”, Woolf took on such a small and simple creature to represent something that was much bigger than anyone that has ever lived on this Earth. The process of life and death is inevitable, but to look at it from a 3rd person point of view is invigorating. Ironically published after Woolf’s own suicide, the reader is left wondering if she wrote this mirroring her own life, as a personal battle. Woolf mentions the “triumph” that the moth experiences. There was an “enemy against which he (the moth) struggled”.
The usage, both placement and number of times used, of the flies buzzing was very critical itself with in the poem. If Dickinson were to use the symbol too much it would take away from the moment of focusing on death and cause people to think more about the fly. The flies buzz I fell is in the text because it is something a person would under a normal situation would ignore, but when you are dieing you become more in touch with your senses. The sense of hearing is the last one of the five senses a person will loose as the process of dieing comes to a closer, as in this poem. The idea
ROMANTIC CHARACTERISTICS Based from the definition of elegy, the poem already gave an evidence of romantic characteristic- expression of strong emotion, the tone of melancholy. The title itself shows that Gray’s poem possesses Romantic characteristics. The sense of individuality and the emotional issues behind death and dying were highlighted in the poem. The fifth and succeeding stanzas discussed how those men would no longer be roused by the morning breeze, they will no longer feel what they’ve experienced during the days they were still alive. This stanza also clearly presented the ordinary men and the noble men, that despite having social differences, they are still going to die; death comes to all.
The narrator is clearly miserable with her life and considers suicide to be the only solution. Killing herself would relieve the pain she feels on a daily basis. “Daddy” is another poem that demonstrates Plath’s common death by suicide theme. In the poem, she writes that “At twenty I tried to die / And get back, back, back to you. / I thought even the bones would do (Plath 58-60)”.
This is typical of Emily Dickinson because most of her poetry deals with themes of death and immortality. The beginning of the poem begins with, “I heard a fly buzz when I died”. The fly in everyday life is not a welcome creature; they are usually seen around decaying or dead objects. In this poem the decaying or dying object is the narrator’s body. The second line of the first stanza contains a metaphor about the stillness of room compared to the stillness of a storm.
Well in the present day it’s the same. No one has power over eternal life except God. The last poem that caught my attention is Death, An intimate Moment. This poem is by Daniel Fiorelli. This poem caught my attention because it’s a story about how death is falling in love with the body/ soul he is taking.
Finally her economy of language was an element of her poetry which her ideas accessible to wide audience we see this technique used in all of her poems, particularly “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died” Firstly, Dickinson’s poetry stands apart for its ability to explore themes, such as, death. Her seclusion may have contributed to her obscure view point. She had a morbid fascination with death; however her portrayal of it was largely positive. She was strongly influenced by religion, although she didn’t conform to conventional religion, this theme is explored in “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” even the title of this poem depicts Dickinson’s optimistic side even in the evident darkness she can see a certain glimmer of hope. Dickinson speaks of the “Heavenly Hurt… Sent us of the Air” Dickinson suffered bouts of depression which often led to oppressive verse like this “Winter Afternoons- That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes”.