Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" And "I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died"


Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" and "I heard A Fly Buzz
Two of Emily Dickinson's poems, "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" and
"I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died," are both about one of life's few
certainties: death. However, that is where the similarities end. Although
both poems were created less than a year apart by the same poet, their
ideas about what lies after death differ. In one, there appears to be life
after death, but in the other there is nothing. Only a number of clues in
each piece help us determine which poem believes in what.

In the piece, "Because I Could Not Stop For Death," we are being told the
tale of a woman who is being taken away by Death. This is ...

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the woman's body already rests beneath the soil in a casket. If
this is at all accurate, then her spirit or soul may be the one who is
looking at the "house." Spirits and souls usually mean there is an
afterlife involved.

It isn't until the sixth and final stanza where the audience obtains
conclusive evidence that "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" believes in
an afterlife. The woman recalls how it has been "...Centuries- and yet
feels shorter than the Day I first surmised the Horses' Heads were toward
Eternity-" (913). To the woman, it has been a few hundred years since
Death visited her, but to her, it has felt like less than 24 hours. Since
the body cannot live on for hundreds of years, then it must be none other
then the soul who has come to the realization that so much time has passed.
The final part with the horses refers to the horse drawn carriage the
woman was riding in when she passed away. In those two final lines, the
horses seem to be leading her into Eternity, ...

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