This is shown in the first stanza of the poem, in the first and second line “ Because I could not stop for death- he kindly stopped for me.”(Dickinson 670) The suggestion of the “ immorality” in the line four shows that there is life after death. This poem recommends that death is less painful and much more pleasurable than painful or uninteresting. To her, death seems as charming to endless time. The third stanza shows that how she looked back on her life, as she is passing away. ” We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain- we passed the setting sun.” (Dickinson 670) This stanza shows that if there is no life after death it wouldn’t have the ability to look back on her life.
By the end of the poem the speaker realizes that they are riding off into eternity. The poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” is an allegory that represents the speaker’s view on death and the afterlife. The speaker in “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” did not spend time worrying about her eventual demise. She spent her time working, keeping herself busy so that she would have no time for Death, “People spend much of their lives keeping busy with work or amused with play so that they do not have to think about their own imminent death” (Napierkowski and Ruby 3). Since she did not pay attention to Death he decided that he had to take the reins in the situation, “Because I could not stop for Death.
Being a traditional Christian, through religion Dickinson believed in the afterlife after death. Emily Dickinson displays the beliefs of death in the reflection of religion, afterlife and immortality in her poems give readers the feeling of acceptance. Many people fear death due to the fact that they will leave their loved ones and descent from the face of the earth, however, Dickinson did not show any signs of fear while talking and writing about death. “A close reading of Dickinson’s poems indicates that the best of her poems revolve round the theme of death” (Antony & Dewan 2). Many of Dickinson’s poems have the central theme of death, as to no one know why, however, it is proclaimed welcoming.
Dickinson portrays that although death is a natural stage in one’s life, it is not the end of one’s journey, but a new beginning. In this poem, the woman did not just die but she has been dead. She is communicating from beyond the grave, by describing her journey with death. Death is portrayed as a gentleman who takes the speaker on a ride to eternity. Dickinson wrote this poem in a way that the reader is able to feel what the woman is going through.
Emily Dickinson’s Guide to Mortality Is death to be feared as an uncertain end or is it to be embraced as a natural gateway to something greater? This is a question that Emily Dickinson tackles throughout her poetry. In her poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” she acknowledges the common perception of death while presenting the reader with the antithesis. She then leaves her poem open for interpretation and application, which allows the reader to take into consideration both the positive and negative perceptions of death in order to decide how to cope with this inevitable fate. In her poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” Emily Dickinson uses positive personification, comforting imagery, and the voice of the narrator in order to
In “Because I could not stop for Death”, Dickinson rides in a carriage with the personification of Death, showing the constant presence of death in her life. Because it has become so familiar, death is no longer a frightening presence, but a comforting companion. Despite this, Dickinson is still not above fear, showing that nothing is static and even the most resolute person is truly sure of anything. This point is further proven in “I heard a Fly buzz”, where a fly disrupts the last moment of Dickinson’s life. The fly is a symbol of death, and of uncertainty, because though it represents something certain—her impending death—it flies around unsure with a “stumbling buzz”.
Emily Dickinson personifies death along with an underlying theme of love in “Because I could not stop for death.” Within the first line of “Because I could not stop for death,” readers are already aware that the theme of death will occur throughout the poem. Rather than the standard theme of death, however, Dickinson introduces death taking on the role of a human. Additionally she implies that she is lively, because if you could stop for death than you may already be dying, but she adds that we cannot choose when we die. In the first line of the poem, the word death is capitalized suggesting even further that death could be substituted with a man’s name. Dickinson portrays death as a gentleman caller who appears in a carriage.
Consequently, readers get the idea that death is not a choice, so when it comes, that is it. Emily Dickinson, in her poem “Because I could not stop for Death,” uses personification, imagery, and style to deliver her positive and peaceful idea of death and life after death. First of all, the speaker starts her poem personifying death as a kind gentleman who comes to pick her up for her death journey. It is obvious if the reader looks at “He kindly stopped for me” (2). T... ... middle of paper ... ...humanize death and let the reader feel that death is a person who he can deal with.
In “This is My Letter to the World,” Dickinson shows her true seclusion from the world by observations and her disappointed love affairs. There were many indications within the poem that would suggest of her despair after her lovers and friends stopped writing, her only means of communication with the outside world (Ferlazzo 125). “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and “I Felt a Funeral in My Brain” show her opposing views of death based upon her parents’ deaths, her father’s peacefully, and her mother’s sudden and harsh. Her religious standpoint lies in “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” having the suitor symbolize God (Knapp 92). “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” exhibits similar views using strongly opposing words to show her contradiction of her views (Ferlazzo 116).
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 on her family’s estate in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson was the middle child of Emily and Edward Dickinson along with her older brother William Austin Dickinson, and her younger sister Lavinia Norcross Dickinson. Growing up Dickinson liked to bake, garden, going to school, participating in church events, read books, learn to sing and play the piano, writing letters, and taking walks. Emily Dickinson went to school at Amherst district school for about seven years before transferring to entering Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for one year in 1847. Which was the longest time she spent away from home.