Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in the quaint community of Amherst, Massachusetts. She lived a nurtured and reserved life in a puritanical, Christian environment. Emily has been characterized as reclusive which leaves the audience to see her as mysterious. In seclusion, Dickinson wrote a total of 1,775 poems, only giving a title to 24 of them. Very few of her poems were published while Emily was alive, although she did send many to family and friends in letters. Death played a vital role in her life. She lost her father, nephew, mother, and friends. Her emotions regarding death are evident in many of her poems, including the poem titled, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.” ...

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as a person, in fact, as a kind man who drives a horse-drawn carriage. Also, death is described as someone who “knew no haste.” By describing Death in this way, Dickinson establishes a tone of calmness and friendliness, which is unusual because death is regularly viewed as dark and gloomy. In stanza two, the speaker states that “I had put away / My labor and my leisure too, / For His Civility.” This helps characterize Death as a figure of importance because the speaker had to stop everything she was doing and join “Death.” The tone gradually becomes suspenseful and foreboding as “Death” and the speaker “slowly drove” away. The imagery that Dickinson uses provides a setting for this poem. Collomar Ammetts comments that this poem is “being compared to a funeral procession and that they always proceed "slowly" and often majestically” (Collomar). When the narrator meets “Death”, “Death” takes the narrator on a carriage ride with just the two of them, and of course “Immortality.” ...

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