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How is death used as a theme in Emily Dickinson's poems?

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Death is a major theme in many of Dickinson's poems.  As some have noted, Dickinson is a poet of the interior life; she almost never mentions anything going on in the outside world, the world of politics, the world of sociology.  She has several different and interesting poems about death.  Perhaps the best known is "I heard a fly buzz when I died."  One of the odd things is that the author is writing the poem after he/she is dead.  (She does the same thing in "Because I could...

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