College of San Mateo I heard a Fly buzz When I Died Emily Dickinson Analysis Use this assignment sheet as a template and write a paragraph of five or more

College of San Mateo I heard a Fly buzz When I Died Emily Dickinson Analysis Use this assignment sheet as a template and write a paragraph of five or more sentences in response to each prompt.
Write your response in the color of your choice, as long as it isn’t too light and hard to read, such as yellow.
Use your own words to respond to each question. Do NOT quote or paraphrase sources from the internet.
Leave a blank line between the question and the response. Leave a blank line after your response and before the next question. English 1B & 110
Mark Harrison
I heard a Fly buzz — when I died —
Emily Dickinson
Use this assignment sheet as a template and write a paragraph of ​five or more sentences
in response to each prompt.
Write your response in the ​color of your choice​, as long as it isn’t too light and hard to
read, such as ​yellow​.
Use your own words to respond to each question. Do NOT quote or paraphrase sources
from the internet.
Leave a blank line between the question and the response. Leave a blank line after your
response and before the next question.
Upload to the appropriate folder on turnitin.com
1. The opening stanza reads:
I heard a Fly buzz – when I died The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air Between the Heaves of Storm What’s the scene? What’s happening to the speaker? What does Dickinson mean by
“Heaves of Storm”?
2. The second stanza reads:
The Eyes around – had wrung them dry And Breaths were gathering firm
For that last Onset – when the King
Be witnessed – in the Room Describe the scene. Whose “Eyes” and “Breaths” is Dickinson talking about? What is
“that last Onset”? Who is “the King”?
3. The third stanza reads:
I willed my Keepsakes – Signed away
What portion of me be
Assignable – and then it was
There interposed a Fly –
English 1B & 110
Mark Harrison
What does she mean by “Keepsakes”? What does she mean by “What portion of me be /
Assignable – ”?
4. The final stanza reads:
With Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz Between the light – and me And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see Describe how you see the fly. What does “Blue – uncertain- stumbling Buzz” look and
sound like? What are some connotations of “Blue” that are relevant to the poem?
What does Dickinson mean by “the Windows failed”?
The final line is an odd construction. Why doesn’t Dickinson simple write, “I could not
see”? Why does she add “to see”?
5. What do you think a fly is doing in this poem? What might the fly symbolize? What do
we associate flies with that’s relevant to the poem?
6. Is this a “religious” poem? Does this poem advocate for life after death? If so, how so? If
not, how not?
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I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – (591)
B Y E M I LY D I C K I N S O N
I heard a Fly buzz – when I died The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air Between the Heaves of Storm The Eyes around – had wrung them dry And Breaths were gathering firm
For that last Onset – when the King
Be witnessed – in the Room I willed my Keepsakes – Signed away
What portion of me be
Assignable – and then it was
There interposed a Fly With Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz Between the light – and me And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –
Notes:
Note to POL students: The inclusion or omission of the numeral in the title of the poem should not affect the
accuracy score. It is optional during recitation.
Emily Dickinson, “I Heard a Fly buzz—when I died” from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by
Thomas H. Johnson. Copyright 1945, 1951, ©1955, 1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard
College. Reprinted with the permission of The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson Edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)
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