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think the fact that she sees it as ?Blue is not because she can see it but because she is imagining it. The irritation the fly introduces to the scene also becomes her final experience of life, a perfect example of how something so ordinary, even trivial, can loom so terribly large it can overwhelm and completely blot out the spirituality. I somehow feel that when Emily Dickinson wrote this poem, she was in pessimistic mood, maybe even doubting the faith that normally sustained her. The language in the poem, though wonderfully precise and startlingly original, seems to me less important for a reader than the message’ of the poem, which can be taken as a wry comment on how everything, even the privacy of death, can be ruined by the commonest thing, or as something as darkly

symbolic as a vision of hell itself. It leads us to the unknown but then gently lets us down, refusing to give us the knowledge we want. The narrator, being no longer of this earth, cannot view what is to come through their earthly “windows”. There is an implied argument that Dickinson wrote with an audience in mind, that she deliberately kept the ending open so as not to alienate her readers. The fact that much of the poem’s power comes from such an open ending is, I believe, almost incidental. The whole point about the next life is that we do not know and cannot know what it is like or even if it exists. And that’s what makes life so interesting. Think how boring it would be if we actually knew all the answers!