Analysis Of "Because I Could Not Stop For Death"

The poets of the nineteenth century wrote on a variety of topics. One
often used topic is that of death. The theme of death has been approached in
many different ways. Emily Dickinson is one of the numerous poets who uses
death as the subject of several of her poems. In her poem "Because I Could Not
Stop for Death," death is portrayed as a gentleman who comes to give the speaker
a ride to eternity. Throughout the poem, Dickinson develops her unusual
interpretation of death and, by doing so, composes a poem full of imagery that
is both unique and thought provoking. Through Dickinson's precise style of
writing, effective use of literary elements, and vivid imagery, she creates a
poem ...

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seen as she writes, "We slowly drove-He knew no haste." The third quatrain
seems to speed up as the trinity of death, immortality, and the speaker pass the
children playing, the fields of grain, and the setting sun one after another.
The poem seems to get faster and faster as life goes through its course. In
lines 17 and 18, however, the poem seems to slow down as Dickinson writes, "We
paused before a House that seemed / A Swelling of the Ground-." The reader is
given a feeling of life slowly ending. Another way in which Dickinson uses the
form of the poem to convey a message to the reader occurs on line four as she
writes, "And Immortality." Eunice Glenn believes that the word "Immortality"
is given a line by itself to show its importance (qtd. in Davis 107). Perhaps
the most notable way in which Dickinson uses form is when she ends the poem with
a dash. Judith Farr believes that the dash seems to indicate that the poem is
never ending, just as eternity is never ending ...

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first time perfect rhyme is used is in lines 2 and 4 with the
rhyming of the words "me" and "immortality." The second, and last, time perfect
rhyme is used is in lines 18 and 20 as she repeats the word "ground." All in
all, Dickinson'suse of figurative language contributes to the meaning of the
Another literary element that Dickinson uses in her poem is tone, which
is used to help create the general mood of the poem. It is interesting to note
that her tone in regards to death contrasts with that of her time period. Farr
states that the people of Dickinson's era looked at death as being "a skeletal
marauder-thief with a scythe and a grimace" (329). Society in the 1800s ...

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