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Comparing and Contrasting Dickinson’s Poems, Because I Could Not Stop for Death and I Heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died

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Comparing and Contrasting Dickinson’s Poems, Because I Could Not Stop for Death and I Heard a Fly Buzz - When I Died

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on 10th December, 1830, in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. As a young child, she showed a bright intelligence, and was able to create many recognizable writings. Many close friends and relatives in Emily’s life were taken away from her by death. Living a life of simplicity and aloofness, she wrote poetry of great power: questioning the nature of immortality and death. Although her work was influenced by great poets of the time, she published many strong poems herself. Two of Emily Dickinson’s famous poems, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and “I Heard a Fly Buzz- When I Died”,…show more content…

Finally in the final stanza of the poem, Dickinson remembers the horses in which she was being taken away when she died. The horses seem to be taking her into Eternity, basically an afterlife.

In opposition to “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, Dickinson published her work of “I Heard a Fly Buzz – When I Died”. In this particular piece of literature, the author disbeliefs in an afterlife. In this poem, a woman is lying on bed with her family surrounding her, waiting for the woman to pass away. The woman, however, is anxiously waiting for “…the kings”, meaning an omnipotent being. Finally when the woman dies, her eyes or windows, as referred in the poem, “could not see to see “. When the woman passes away, she couldn’t see any angels or gods as she expected would be there, but instead, she is fluttered into nothingness. She isn’t traveling to an afterlife as she had expected to unlike in the poem of “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”. The woman finds out that death is a simple end to everything.

As a young woman, Dickinson started to read works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. While she doesn’t exactly fall in the category of the Transcendentalists, her work was influenced quite deeply by Emerson and Thoreau. Dickinson started to write her poems in the Romanticism time period, although her work does seem to be transcendental. Her most productive work was set around the Civil War, where she

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Comparing Robert Frost And Emily Dickinson

Comparing Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson as Poets

Often, the poets Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson try to convey the themes of the meaning of nature, or that of death and loneliness.  Although they were born more than fifty years apart their poetry is similar in many ways.  Both poets talk about the power of nature, death and loneliness.  However, Dickinson and Frost are not similar in all poetic aspects.  In fact, they differ greatly in tone.

Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost both talk about the power of nature in their poetry.  Dickinson uses this theme in her poem " `Nature' is what we see -."  The power of nature is strongly portrayed in this poem by Dickinson's articulation of what the speaker see's in nature.  " `Nature' is what we see -... / Nature is what we hear -... / Nature is what we know -" (277 lines 1,5,9).  Nature is everything to a person, it appeals to all senses.  Dickinson also says in this poem, "So impotent Our Wisdom is / To her Simplicity" (277).  The speaker is saying that nature has such great power that one can't even comprehend her simplest ways.

In comparison Frost's poem "Birches" also portrays the power of nature.  Nature helps to represent the simpler things in life.  Frost's poem is recalling the speakers childhood.  "So was I once myself a swinger of birches. / And so I dream of going back to be" (472-473).  Nature held such power over the speaker as a child that he dreamt of going back to relive being one with nature and swinging in the trees.

Dickinson and Frost both used death and loneliness as main themes.  In Emily's poem "my life closed twice before its close -" it has been interpreted that the speakers life closed twice when two lovers died leaving the speaker alone.  The speaker also refers to her own death when it is said, "If Immortality unveil / A third event to me" (278).  The third event is referring to the speakers own death.  In the last two lines of the poem, "Parting is all we know of heaven, / And all we need of hell"(278).  The speaker is talking about heaven being the relief of seeing pain end for the loved one.  The interpretation of hell is the pain and grief that one feels after a loved one has died.

Like Dickinson, Frost also conveys the themes of death and, even more so, loneliness.  In his poem, "Acquainted with the Night" the speaker "outwalked the furthest city light" (466).  The narrator of this poem has walked outside of society.  He has "walked out in rain-and back in rain"(466), this symbolizes that the speaker has endured a lot.  Frost's poem "Fire and Ice" not only speaks of the end of the world, but also the end of the speaker himself:

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.  (466.1-4)

The speaker has been in love and knows that desire, that is why he wants to end in the  heat of fire.  The speaker then talks about how he would feel if he had to die twice:


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