Death is a reality that can be interpreted in many ways. Some people fear the possibility of no longer living and others welcome the opportunity for a new life in the afterlife. Many poets have been inspired by death, be it by the approaching death of loved ones or a battle for immortality. Just as each poet is inspired differently, each poem casts a different hue of light on the topic of death giving readers a unique way to look at death. In the poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” Emily Dickinson portrays death as a polite gentleman who ushers people into the afterlife. The poem’s opening lines reveal death to be the driver of a carriage who stopped for the narrator of the poem. The narrator and death travel alone passing by several scenes of everyday life ending the journey when the carriage stops at a home. The imagery and symbols within this poem paint a picture of a calm activity that is ordinary and expected, starting with the deliberate slow pace and intimacy of the poem. Dickinson sets the slow pace and intimate feel of her poem almost immediately encouraging closeness between death, the narrator and the reader. In the first stanza, Dickinson gave death a human embodiment as carriage driver and a gentle quality to his character. Together the narrator and death begin a journey alone within the carriage. The second stanza is where Dickinson begins to cultivate the slow feel of this poem by stating, “We slowly drove—He knew no haste” (Dickinson line 5) and when coupled with the following lines “And I had put away/My labor and my leisure too” (Dickinson lines 6-7) the poem begins to take on its true meaning, this poem is the description of the narrators funeral procession. As the poem continues, the narrator... ... middle of paper ... ...cause I Could Not Stop For Death." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. By Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. 1012-013. Print. Donne, John. "Death Be Not Proud." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. By Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. 1015-016. Print. Habenstein, Robert Wesley, and William M. Lamers. The History of American Funeral Directing. Brookfield, WI: National Funeral Directors Association, 2007. Print. Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. Print. Thomas, Dylan Thomas. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good NIght." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. By Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. 930. Print.
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Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” is about a young woman who is going about her everyday life when death invites her to a carriage ride. The young woman then decides to go with Death, because he stopped for her. She casts aside everything she was doing just to accompany Death on a ride. Although they travel slowly they pass many things including a schoolyard, field of grain, and a grave referred to as a house. 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.
Emily Dickinson once said, “Dying is a wild night and a new road.” Some people welcome death with open arms while others cower in fear when confronted in the arms of death. Through the use of ambiguity, metaphors, personification and paradoxes Emily Dickinson still gives readers a sense of vagueness on how she feels about dying. Emily Dickinson inventively expresses the nature of death in the poems, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280)”, “I Heard a fly Buzz—When I Died—(465)“ and “Because I could not stop for Death—(712)”.
Emily Dickinson expresses her expectations of what happens after death by describing a death scene that is familiar to the living. In the third stanza Dickinson uses familiar imagery to describe the three stages of life. The sequence of scenes the carriage passes on its journey is an allegory for the normal progression of life from beginning to end. From this the read...
Emily Dickinson is one of the most important American poets of the 1800s. Dickinson, who was known to be quite the recluse, lived and died in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, spending the majority of her days alone in her room writing poetry. What few friends she did have would testify that Dickinson was a rather introverted and melancholy person, which shows in a number of her poems where regular themes include death and mortality. One such poem that exemplifies her “dark side” is, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”. In this piece, Dickinson tells the story of a soul’s transition into the afterlife showing that time and death have outright power over our lives and can make what was once significant become meaningless.
Death is a controversial and sensitive subject. When discussing death, several questions come to mind about what happens in our afterlife, such as: where do you go and what do you see? Emily Dickinson is a poet who explores her curiosity of death and the afterlife through her creative writing ability. She displays different views on death by writing two contrasting poems: one of a softer side and another of a more ridged and scary side. When looking at dissimilar observations of death it can be seen how private and special it is; it is also understood that death is inevitable so coping with it can be taken in different ways. Emily Dickinson’s poems “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” and “I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died” show both parallel and opposing views on death.
Dickinson uses controlling adjectives –“slowly” and “passed” – to create a tone that seems rather placid. For example, “We slowly drove –He knew no Haste / …We passed the School … / We passed the Setting Sun” (5,9,11,12), sets a slow, quiet, and clam atmosphere. The tone in Dickinson’s poem puts readers’ ideas on a track towards a boggling atmosphere.
In poetry, death is referred as the end of literature and it is associated with feeling of sorrows. However Emily Dickinson demonstrates that death is not the end of literature or feeling of sadness but death is a new element of inspiration in poetry and is the beginning of a new chapter in our life. In the poem ‘’Because I Could Not Stop for Death’, she discusses the encounter of a women with death, who passed away centuries ago. Dickenson uses metaphors and similes to show that the process of dying can be an enjoyable moment by appreciating the good moments in life, and by respecting death rather than fearing it. Also Dickinson portrays death in a humorous way as she compares it to man seducing her to go to her death as well, to childhood games that show the innocence of this encounter (Bloom). The poem is a reflection of how unpredictable death can be. Death is a scary process in life that should not be feared because it should be celebrate as new start.
“Because I could Not Stop for Death” is one of Emily Dickinson's most discussed and famous poems due to its unique view on the popular subject of death. Death in this poem is told as a woman's last trip, a trip where she is going into toward eternity. The way that the poem is written it makes the reader feel the woman‘s tragedy on a much more personal level. Different from the more popular views of death being brutal and cruel, Dickinson makes death seem passive and easy. The theme of the poem is that death is a natural stage in our life cycles, but at the same time she gives comfort to the reader that death is not the end of our journeys, but more like another beginning. The form and tone that Dickinson uses throughout the poem helps her reader to understand the message that she is trying to get across in the poem. The way that the poem is written is that each set of verses tells the reader one little story and as you read the poem all the stories ...
Dickinson does not show death as an eventful thing. Rather, she invests in the image of it being a normal occurrence, even so insignificant that a fly can break up the smooth transition from life to death. This is a small glimpse into the world of Emily Dickinson and her marvelous
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. Additionally though with an underlying theme of love, the reader can interrupt this line to be about how we cannot always stop for love. The second line of the poem, “He kindly stopped for me-“ elaborates Death as a gentlemen caller and readers can see how Dickinson carefully choose the word “kindly” to further evolve her idea. Dickinson chooses to end the stanza by saying that it is she and Death are in the carriage, along with immortality. The carriage in the poem can be taken literally, but some readers may also choose to interrupt it as a casket, which further outlines the poem’s relation to death. One of the great...
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. One of Dickinson’s famous poems “Because I could not stop for Death” displays how death can occur so naturally, and it could be a gentleman who takes you to your final destination. Dickinson’s talk about death in the story could be viewed as a prince charming or a gentleman who has arrived at the doorstep with a
For Dickinson, on the contrary, death is not something unreal. As the author has written "Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me..." After reading these two lines the reader "imagines the picture of Death being a human which joins the author during the ride" . Dickinson tries to portray the characteristics of death in the poem. Stating that there is eternity after death, the author alludes both the possibility of the life after death and absolute zero-ness of it. Unlike Plath, Dickinson not only talks about the notion of death, but personalizes it. The reader feels that the author in fact...
Throughout Emily Dickinson’s poetry there is a reoccurring theme of death and immortality. The theme of death is further separated into two major categories including the curiosity Dickinson held of the process of dying and the feelings accompanied with it and the reaction to the death of a loved one. Two of Dickinson’s many poems that contain a theme of death include: “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” and “After great pain, a formal feeling comes.”