Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could not Stop For Death" "Write a poetry response, noting the imagery and language of the text

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Emily Dickinson- Because I could not stop for Death

This tranquil and nostalgic poem has a slight eerie feeling to it and shows how the writer of the poem is so accepting of death. Many parts of this poem include references to Dickinson's theory concerning the circle, and how everything that goes on, is in the centre of the circle, and we are merely on the edge, watching what goes on. We can see how this is incorporated into the poem in the first two lines of the poem "Because I could not stop for Death- He kindly stopped for me". This shows that we lack control, and have no say in what happens to us because we are on the edge of the circle. In this instance, death is in the centre of the circle, and is therefore in control of the person because death decides to stop, whether the person like it or not.

Death is referred to as 'he' in the second line, which tells the reader that death has been personified. It seems that the speaker of the poem feels as if it was almost a privilege that death wanted to stop on her, and we see that in the line "He kindly stopped for me". "The Carriage held but just ourselves and immortality". The next two lines show more evidence that death has been personified because the speaker in the poem is sitting in a carriage with him. We can see that person is about to go on a journey with death because she is picked up by death in a carriage. Often during life when a man and a woman sit in a carriage together, it's when they become married, and death is being shown to be a special occasion, just like...