“I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.” (Marc Twain). This quotation describes many people’s denied fear of death which directly relates to ideas of death. Death is a something that’ll eventually happen to us all whether we like it or not, so why do so many fear death? Death normally takes on a persona of a Grim reaper or a dark kiss of death which may explain why there is a fear as death isn’t typically a positive thing. However, death can take on many personas and death can be either be good or bad. In Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop death and in John Donne’s “Death be not proud”, death takes on two different personas and the speakers react to both roles which reveals different views on a classic Grim reaper perspective on death. Death takes on many forms and some say death …show more content…
Death takes on different roles than the traditional grim reaper in both Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop death” and John Donne’s “Death be not proud” as well. Both of the authors personify death throughout the poem, In Dickinson’s poem death seems to have beauty and be more of a gently guide or the idea of “the kiss of death” coming to life. The beauty death embodies parallels a leisure day in the park through the words “We slowly drove – He knew no haste And I had put away My labor and my leisure too, For His Civility.”(Donne 9). The quotation also describes death as a gentle and calm person who can stop to smell the roses while doing his job which embodies the idea of beauty. Donnes’, however, speaker perceives death as prideful, not in control and a “slave to fate, chance, kings and desperate me.”( Donne 9). Death in a way is seen as an evil being that shows no good or despair for others. Donne also personifies death by the description “Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so” (Donne
Take Walt's work “O Captain, My Captain” for example, when he says, “My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still, My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will” (Whitman, line 14). In this poem, he expresses his feelings on the result of Abraham Lincoln's death. Death seems to be a common in late 19th century poetry, most likely because of its “cause and effect” relationship with sadness. Dickinson also likes to write about the effect of death on the human psyche. This can be seen in her poem, “Because I could not stop for Death.” In the first stanza of her poem, she says, “Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me– “ (Dickinson, line 1). This quote shows how Emily uses personification to show death as a solemn human being who cannot be persuaded. Like Whitman, Emily sees no true positive outcome from death. Both poets illustr...
There is probably no one, among people, who has not considered death as a subject to think about or the events, people, and spirits that they would face after death. Also, since we were little kids we were asking our parents what death is and what is going to happen after we die. People have always linked death with fear, darkness, depression, and other negative feelings but not with Emily Dickinson, who was a reclusive poet from Massachusetts who was obsessed with death and dying in her tons of writings. She writes “Because I could not stop for Death” and in this particular poem she delivers a really different idea of death and the life after death. In the purpose of doing that, the speaker encounters death which was personalized to be in a form of gentleman suitor who comes to pick her up with his horse-drawn carriage for a unique death date that will last forever. In fact, she seems completely at ease with the gentleman. Additionally, their journey at the beginning seems pretty peaceful; as they pass through the town, she sees normal events such as children who are playing, fields of grain, and a sunset. After this, dusk takes place and the speakers gets chilly because she was not ready for this journey and she did not wear clothes that would make her feel warm. 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.
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. In this poem, death is seen as a passive and not as being something bad. Dickinson’s form and tone enables the reader to have an understanding of the message she is trying to convey. In this poem, each verse paints a piece of a picture for the reader and as you get to the end of the poem the picture is completed.
“Death, the end of life: the time when someone or something dies” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). The definition of death is quite simple, the end of life is inescapable. I chose to write about death and impermanence because it is something we all must inevitably face. People often deal with death in a number of different ways. Although it is something that we must eventually face, it can be hard to come to terms with because the idea can be hard to grasp. Some of us fear it, others are able to accept it, either way we all must eventually face it. In this essay I will look at two different literary works about death and impermanence and compare and contrast the different elements of the point of view, theme, setting, and symbolism. The comparison of these particular works will offer a deeper look into words written by the authors and the feelings that they experiencing at that particular time.
Emily Dickinson was a gothic writer in the eighteenth century. Dickinson used a fascination with death in most of her writing. Her interest in death is often criticized for being morbid but today it is seemed to be sensitive and imaginative.
In these poems, the reader can see the vivid images that Emily Dickinson describes as death. The overall point of the references to death seems to be that it is nothing to be worried about. In these poems, the reader sees death as a pain reliever, as an insignificant fly, and as a gentleman. Perhaps these pictures are simply ways that Dickinson shows death as pleasant and undeniable.
Imagery is a big component to most works of poetry. Authors strive to achieve a certain image for the reader to paint in their mind. Dickinson tries to paint a picture of ?death? in her own words. Thomas A. Johnson, an interpretive author of Dickinson's work, says that ?In 1863 Death came into full statue as a person. ?Because I could not stop for Death? is a superlative achievement wherein Death becomes one of the greatest characters of literature? (Johnson). Dickinson's picture to the audience is created by making ?Death? an actual character in the poem. By her constantly calling death either ?his? or ?he,? she denotes a specific person and gender. Dickinson also compares ?Death? to having the same human qualities as the other character in the poem. She has ?Death? physically arriving and taking the other character in the carriage with him. In the poem, Dickinson shows the reader her interpretation of what this person is going through as they are dying and being taken away by ?Death?. Dickinson gives images such as ?The Dews drew quivering and chill --? and ?A Swelling of the Ground --? (14, 18). In both of these lines, Dickinson has the reader conjure up subtle images of death. The ?quivering an chill? brings to the reader's mind of death being ...
Dickinson 's poem uses poetic devices of personification to represent death, she represents death as if it were a living being. Dickinson 's capitalization of the word “DEATH”, causes us to see death as a name, in turn it becomes noun, a person, and a being, rather than what it truly is, which is the culminating even of human life. The most notable use of this, is seen in the very first few lines of the poem when Dickinson says “Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me”. In her poem Dickinson makes death her companion, as it is the person who is accompanying her to her grave. She states that death kindly stopped for her and she even goes as far as to give death the human ability to stop and pick her up. The occasion of death through Dickinson use of personification makes it seem like an interaction between two living beings and as a result the poem takes on a thoughtful and light hearted tone. The humanization of death makes the experience more acceptable and less strange, death takes on a known, familiar, recognizable form which in turn makes the experience more relatable. As the poem
Emily Dickinson is known for the common theme of death in her writings. She uses various metaphors in her poems to demonstrate this theme of death. In her poems, “I Cannot Live With You,” “ My Life Had Stood A Loaded Gun,” and “Because I Could Not Stop For Death.” Dickinson shows the theme of death as well as some other themes that can also point to death. In this way these poems, like all of her work, are similar yet different. They are similar in the way that she writes about death but they are also different because she describes death differently in each one. Dickinson uses many metaphors but sticks to the common themes of death and love. Growing up in Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson is thought of by her father to be a happy and energetic
Emily Dickinson had a fascination with death and mortality throughout her life as a writer. She wrote many poems that discussed what it means not only to die, but to be dead. According to personal letters, Dickinson seems to have remained agnostic about the existence of life after death. In a letter written to Mrs. J. G. Holland, Emily implied that the presence of death alone is what makes people feel the need for heaven: “If roses had not faded, and frosts had never come, and one had not fallen here and there whom I could not waken, there were no need of other Heaven than the one below.” (Bianchi 83). Even though she was not particularly religious, she was still drawn to the mystery of the afterlife. Her poetry is often contemplative of the effect or tone that death creates, such as the silence, decay, and feeling of hopelessness. In the poem “I died for beauty,” Dickinson expresses the effect that death has on one's identity and ability to impact the world for his or her ideals.
Emily Dickinson's Obsession with Death. Emily Dickinson became legendary for her preoccupation with death. All her poems contain stanzas focusing on loss or loneliness, but the most striking ones talk particularly about death, specifically her own death and her own afterlife. Her fascination with the morose gives her poems a rare quality, and gives us insight into a mind we know very little about. What we do know is that Dickinson’s father left her a small amount of money when she was young.
In Dickinson's poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" it obviously is about death. She says that death is always with us and it causes great pain but it also inspires people. She is saying to her readers that she wants them to view death as not being sad, but as being an inevitable change. It is silly to fear death and Dickinson wants her readers to a...
Culture and history are the defining aspects of literary history. Each event throughout history has played a major role in the history of literature and writers today. Each writer throughout history has been influenced either through personal experiences, beliefs, and America’s history. Events such as the Civil War brought about several changes that led to the introduction of new literary genres and styles. Many of these writers wanted to break away from tradition whiles others wanted to write about their beliefs such as religion.
Life is journey that all are forced to take and it always ends in the same place; death. Emily Dickinson was one of America’s great poets and she “defined herself and her experience by exclusion, by what she was not” (“Dickinson, Emily” 457). Death is a well versed topic for Dickinson due to her many poems dissecting the subject. In her poem “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –“the subject is experiencing their last few moments along with the reader. Dickinson’s life experiences, writing style and even the echoes of Hamlet resonate to provide a picture of the transition between life and death. The question that should be addressed first though is what kind of life leads Dickinson to the topic of death?