Poetry Analysis on Because I Could Not Stop For Death by Emily Dickinson

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Poetic Analysis on Because I Could Not Stop for Death

It is known that Emily Dickinson had a natural fear and obsession for death and her contemplation of her death is reflected in her poem, Because I Could Not Stop for Death. In Dickinson's works, she personified death, the central theme of the poem. Instead of describing death as a place of being or a state of mind, she describes death as a person or spirit coming to retrieve her soul. This poem reflects her inner thoughts on her own death and the journey that she would undergo in order to reach eternity. Dickinson first said that death, so to say, stopped at her door to seize her. She then said that she journeyed with death and passed a school where children played in recess, passed the grazing grain, and the setting sun. Dickinson and death ten paused before a house that was described as being "a swelling of the ground-the roof was scarcely visible".

Dickinson concluded her poem by saying that the centuries felt shorter than a day in eternity.

Dickinson's poem is a narrative, makes a statement, and raised a particular issue that many people choose to ignore-death. Dickinson made death a reality through her writing. She portrayed death as a process of living-which leads to the theme-that death is inevitable and is a natural process of existence. The poet is didactic and very expressive. One may choose to cite this when she describes her encounter with death. The poem is written in a style that was adopted by Dickinson. Dickinson used figurative language in her poem, as a tool to support her theme. With Dickinson making Death into a personage, she created a unique image straight away in the first stanza. The reader can picture a...