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I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –


by Emily Dickinson

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – Resources


Short Film Based on "I Heard a Fly Buzz"

This one is a little bit more "arty." Black and white, with a sort of collage of images and videos inspired by the poem. Really quick, and an interesting take on the material.

Close-up Video of a Fly

This HD video puts you close-up with a fly. Like really, really close. Maybe even too close. If you aren’t much of a fly fan, this probably isn’t for you. Still, they’re actually kind of cool-looking when you get this close.

Creepy Animated Version of "I Heard a Fly Buzz"

A weird but fun little animated movie based on this poem. Not to give anything away, but the animator takes the last moment a little further than even Dickinson does. Yuck.


A Reading of the Poem

Always good to hear someone else read a poem aloud. Keep an ear out for this woman’s inflection and emphasis. Do they change the poem for you?

And One More…

Here’s another person reading this same poem. How does it change the effect? This happens to be a man reading. Does that make a difference for you?


Some quick sound bites from smart scholars
Here are a few handy excerpts from the work of some English scholars, all dealing with this poem.

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