I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –

from Emily Dickinson – I heard a Fly buzz (465) on Rap Genius

Meaning

The speaker of the poem heard a fly in the room when she was on her deathbed. She seems to be telling this anecdote from beyond the grave — like the speakers in a number of Emily Dickinson poems (see e.g. “I died for Beauty — but was scarce”).

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