Essay Four - Dickinsons idea that it is important to make...

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Both Emily Dickinson’s poem I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died and Dylan Thomas’ poem Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night express similar views on death; both believe that one should make the most out of life while they are still alive. The narrator in Dickinson’s poem I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died suggests to see to see while were still alive. Thomas in Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night advises to pursue your passions before inevitable death. Both Dickinson and Thomas use imagery and illusions to express their views. It is important to understand the background of both Dickinson and Thomas to fully understand their conception of death. I agree with
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Unformatted text preview: Dickinsons idea that it is important to make the most out of life and Thomas idea that death is inevitable, but these poems fail to answer the question of what happens when you die? The narrator in the last line of I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died no longer had a vision of god, and could no longer see spiritually or physically. The fly in I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died serves as an interjection between the narrator and the light. Ironically, while the death watchers are expecting something grand to happen, the fly is the last thing the narrator notices before she dies. As critic Michael Ryan argue,...
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '08 term at Northern Virginia Community College.

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