The implication here is that the loser who later becomes a winner knows the struggles that she had undergone before acquiring that she possesses now, the anguish and the high price that he had to pay. It make the parting tranquil And keeps the soul serene, That gentlemen so sprightly Conduct the pleasing scene! Before the age of powerful anodynes death was met in full consciousness, and the way of meeting it tended to be stereotype. The uses of the images of a victorious army and one dying warrior cater the meaning that only one who has suffered defeat can understand the true value of success. The poem begins with the speaker's perception of the fly, not yet a central awareness both because of the way in which the fly manifests itself as sound and because of the degree to which it manifests itself as a triviality. The death in this poem is painless, yet the vision of death it presents is horrifying, even gruesome. She is describing how everything will exist then vanish because that is their part in life. It is from a perspective schooled by the fly that she writes.
Commonly it began with last-minute bequests, the wayward were called to repentance, the backslider to reform, gospel hymns were sung, and finally as climax the dying one gave witness in words to the Redeemer's presence in the room, how He hovered, transplendent in the upper air, with open arms outstretched to receive the departing soul. Can the poem support more than one of these interpretations of the fly? The random significance of the fly thus points to the random significance of the narrative frame itself. But the fiction required by the poem renders it logically baffling. This grotesque little poem is more explicitly about death, as one sees in the first line. Below is the poem, and a brief analysis of its language and meaning.
But the fly signals the presence of death. There is no real funeral involved here. And still the only sound is the fly's buzzing. On the second stanza they both start the slow and peaceful journey. They are guaranteed to drive you barmy. Given that the only sure thing we know about 'life after death' is that flies--in their adult form and more particularly, as maggots--devour us, the poem is at the very least a grim joke. Reprinted by permission of the author.
As the text of a dualistic self the will reflects back to its author the difference between bodily and spiritual life. Copyright © 1990 by Paulk Bennett. She got the poems published and as the last member of her family, she lived long enough to see the poems achieve popularity. GradeSaver, 26 July 2009 Web. I mentioned earlier that the poem presumes a shift of perspective, an enlightened change from the preconception of death to its perception. What is the speaker trying to understand? The message in this poem is we take life for granted and we don't appreciate it until we are threatened with losing it. She finds in it, therefore, appropriate symbols to evoke the image of decay of the mind.
This is done by the usage of diction, tone, rhythm, meter, and, most important for a metaphor, imagery; all of which are in a way connected. But upon reflection it makes sense, for the speaker is hearing a droning in the background before the source of the noise comes into view. She emphasized a lot of words by quoting them and capitalizing them. Has she seen the light? Birth would be one such extreme, but since an infant does not have the dual persepective language gives, perhaps the most primal scene at which the duality between our socially constructed selves and our embodiment can actually be witnessed or narrated is death. The experience of being embodied has lost its referent; subjectivity is only articulated as bodily presence. Yet mystery is evoked by a single word, that extraordinarily interposed color 'Blue.
But all emotions associated with a funeral are felt in the mind of the speaker. This poem's setting mirrors the circumstances by which death approaches, and death appears kind and compassionate. The Pall bearers and mourners are described as treading. In order to assume that the speaker is educated by her experience, we must assume the fact of it: we must credit the death as a real one. She never says that all people who put their trust in their religion are ignorant, but I do believe that she is implying that some may be consumed by their faith, to the point of blindness. The victorious troops experience the glory of success, but they cannot tell you any clear and precise definition of what victory is. To take this poem literally as an attempted inside view of the gradual extinction of consciousness and the beginning of the soul's flight into eternity would be to distort its meaning, for this is not an imaginative projection of her own death.
She could not possibly have entertained any such view of a blowfly. The poem focuses on the concept of life after death. I was outrageously busy last night and by the time I was done I needed to be alone. There are capitalized words all through out the poem. Claudia Yukman Not only does the frame of the conversion narrative enable us to categorize a great number of Dickinson's poems, it also provides insight into some of her most formally singular narrative poems, namely, those in which a subject addresses us from beyond the grave. What do you notice about the structure of the poem? Is this association between death and flies feeding on corpses and carrion all there is to it, or is it the deliberate juxtaposition of the very small a common insect and the very big death itself that Dickinson wants us to think about? The outside world seems to toll the death bells. The poem has richly symbolic vocabulary.
How is the meaning of the poem affected by this reading? The other poem 712 is a more imaginative creation. However, to most efficiently express her thoughtful yet judicious mannerisms would be through her choice of words to create an image. Because her house was located beside a graveyard, Dickinson saw many of the elaborate funeral processions as they passed Murray. How should we interpret this? In 'I heard a Fly Buzz — when I died', a fly come at the wrong time — like many things in life — as an irritant which distracts the attention of the people from the magnificent approach of death. One is that this poem is told from a third person perspective, simply viewing both people and relaying the interaction between them. For example, does the poem become more cheerful? I think this poem does mock religion a bit.