Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop for Death Essay
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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was a very talented poet. Her poems contained deep emotions and continue to amaze her readers. She was born in Amherst Massachusetts on December 10, 1830 to Attorney Edward Dickinson and Emily Norcross Dickinson. Her mother was very emotionally accessible. Dickinson was an energetic and outgoing child. She attended Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Her father took her out of school after a year at Mount Holyoke because he thought she had enough education. <p>
During Dickinson's mid-20's she became reclusive. She spent the rest of her life in the house she was born in. She was just like the rest of the women around her town. She kept house, gardened, cooked, and wrote in her spare time. Some…show more content…
She gives death a human form, which is the common theme of the poem. She does not describe death physically and permits the user to use their imagination to form a physical description of death. By doing so, Dickinson makes death understandable. When she says "Because I could not stop for death" Dickinson is making her readers ask why she should not stop for death. In the carriage that she rides in, she is accompanied by death and immortality. Death can represent the nature of self and immortality can represent her soul or spirit. In the end of the poem, Dickinson mentions a house; this reference could mean different things. It could mean the tombs the Romans built along their roads or her fear of being forgotten. In the final stanza Dickinson realizes that there is no escape from death. It is forever, like the carriage ride heading towards eternity. <p> Dickinson uses many ways to get her points and views on death across to her readers. In her poem she personifies death, like death was human as she says in this line; "Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me." She makes death seem relaxing and somewhat serene. By personifying death she can make her readers believe that death is understandable. Dickinson also uses metaphors, vivid imagery, and rhythm. In her poem she states different things that she and death passes. When she mentions the school and the children
Essay about Because I could not stop for Death, by Emily Dickinson
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‘Because I could not stop for Death—,’ A Poem of Both Marriage and Death
When thinking of both marriage and death, the word “eternity” comes to mind. Marriage is looked at as a symbol of eternal love, and death is looked at as a state of eternal rest. Also, Christians consider life after death as an eternal state. In “Because I could not stop for Death—,” Emily Dickinson portrays death by describing an eternal marriage.
On the literal level, the speaker remembers a time where she was carried off and eloped with a man called Death and his partner in crime, Immortality. Not realizing that going with Death meant that she would have to leave this world and live with him in his house forever, she shows herself as being immature at…show more content…
It was “A Swelling of the Ground--” and “ The roof was barely visible—“. The turning point of the poem was a flashback, when she says, “ Since then—‘tis Centuries—and yet/Feels shorter than the Day/I first surmised the Horses’ Heads/Were toward Eternity—“(21-24). This flashback lets the reader know that she is looking back on that day almost as if she is sad. Centuries have passed, yet that day seems longer than any time that has passed.
This poem clearly functions as an allegory. On a symbolic level, it was easy to grasp that this poem was a recollection of the speaker’s death. Dickinson describes this death so well it is almost as if she is writing about her own death. The main clue that this was a poem of death was that she got in a carriage with two guys whose names just happened to be Death and Immortality. Death symbolizes the passing away of the body, and Immortality represents the Christian belief that the body dies but the soul is immortal.
When the speaker states, “Because I could not stop for Death—/He kindly stopped for me—,” she implies that most people do not stop to think about their death. People go on with their busy lives and do not talk or think about death because they are afraid of it. So Death must stop and “kindly” ask people into his carriage. After she went into his carriage, Dickinson goes on to portray what the speaker sees as she is dying. Contrary to the speaker’s busy and fast life, line five