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I Heard A Fly Buzz
Updated: 11/6/2020
I Heard A Fly Buzz
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Storyboard Text

  • Syntax
  • I heard a Fly buzz--when I died
  • Synecdoche
  • The Eyes Around--had wrung them dry.
  • Synecdoche
  • The Eyes Around--had wrung them dry.
  • The title (which is also the first line) places emphasis upon the buzzing of the Fly. The placement of the fly at the beginning of the sentence and its capitalization, as well as the independent clause give it preeminence. To show this, I placed the fly in the foreground and blurred the background.
  • Dickinson uses a synecdoche to describe the mourners. The disembodied eyes are a cryptic and disturbing symbol--it suggests judgment or voyeurism instead of the desired peace at death. Also, the eyes are dry--perhaps suggesting the speaker isn't really mourned.
  • Dickinson uses a synecdoche to describe the mourners. The disembodied eyes are a cryptic and disturbing symbol--it suggests judgment or voyeurism instead of the desired peace at death. Also, the eyes are dry--perhaps suggesting the speaker isn't really mourned.
  • The Eyes Around--had wrung them dry.
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