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Because I could not stop for Death Analysis



Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 10067

Because I could not stop for Death-

He kindly stopped for me-

The Carriage held but just Ourselves-

And Immortality.We slowly drove-He knew no haste

And I had put away

My labor and my leisure too,

For His Civility-We passed the School, where Children strove

At Recess-in the Ring-

We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain-

We passed the Setting Sun-Or rather-He passed Us-

The Dews drew quivering and chill-

For only Gossamer, my Gown-

My Tippet-only Tulle-We paused before a House that seemed

A Swelling of the Ground-

The Roof was scarcely visible-

The Cornice-in the Ground-Since then-'tis Centuries-and yet

Feels shorter than the Day

I first surmised the Horses' Heads

Were toward Eternity-






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I find the idea of autofelatio more entertaining than this poem
-Marley Wright, Drummond, Victoria, australia

| Posted on 2014-09-02 | by a guest


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That is cool that we can take the credit loans and it opens completely new chances.

| Posted on 2012-11-25 | by a guest


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This poem is such a piece of shit, I rather kill myself

| Posted on 2012-04-26 | by a guest


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because I could not stop for death shows her acceptance of death.she love dying and can not wait anymore to die. she says that me and immortality are the passengers of that death carriage.he refers to death. she even says that It was cold because I had wore a bride dress and hugged her fiance which is death. and also says even now a century has passed from my death it seems to me even shorter than a day. in the poem refers to grave as a house so says it is comfortable for her. she knows that death is not end but is infinity.

| Posted on 2012-01-12 | by a guest


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from my point of view she cant be a woman of bad charactor like having abnormal relationships. her poem is totally abstract and we need to study her biography for better understanding.

| Posted on 2011-06-16 | by a guest


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I have noticed that whether the post is well written or not, upon submission certain phrases are automatically duplicated, and I agree that there should be an editor to exclude the patently ignorant.

| Posted on 2011-04-11 | by a guest


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This is an extremely difficult poem to analyze. The analysis depends completely on the readers interpretation on what happens when death comes. Some believe that your life \"flashes before your eyes\" before your eyes. Others believe that shortly after death, you see your life pass before you. As I said, it all depends on the readers interpretations about life and death. What I do find interesting is that, while people seem to have great ideas about the poem, they do not seem to be able to articulate them well. If people want to be taken seriously about their opinions it would help for them to be well written, just saying.

| Posted on 2011-04-11 | by a guest


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Is there an editor at this site? Shouldn\'t it be possible to exclude the patently ignorant?

| Posted on 2011-02-13 | by a guest


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\"this woman was clearly a closet lesbian and instead of coming to terms with her sexuality hid in her room her whole life writing bollocks\"
Whoever wrote this was obviously annoyed by the fact that his low level of intelligence could not process and understand such beautiful poetry.

| Posted on 2010-12-03 | by a guest


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ok im sorry,it is teh first time that im commenting on soemthing that is about art. Iill say SHUT YOUR STUPID AND LOUSY CRRAP UP. the lady was a very intelligent person, unlike you people, the ones who are commenting about her sexuality. she was one perosn who went bbeyond the physical plane and experieced that what it is like to transcend.

| Posted on 2010-11-25 | by a guest


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because I could not stop for death it kindly stopped for me to me this means this person was living their life to the fullest and and refused to stop for or think about death but death comes to us all no matter what it is a fact of life and then when they are riding in the carrage all the things they drive by are the persons life passing before their (Minds) eyes this person is dead and the images start as children and move through time in sequence. you don\'t only look at every phrase you look at every word and try to understand why the author used that very word and poetry isn\'t just what words are used it is how they are used there is a lot of life and death symbolism in this poem even in the very last word \"eternity\" it tells how death is eternal life is over and you spend eternity in death

| Posted on 2010-11-20 | by a guest


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This poem is that we should not fear from death.Death always doesn\'t horrifies u.It can also give u pleasure.
So never far from death

| Posted on 2010-11-19 | by a guest


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I believe what is meant here is that death is to be expected, so you shouldn\'t sit around and wait for it to happen, rather then to enjoy life as you can. When death comes it comes, you can\'t stop it so rather then lie in bed hoping you don\'t die in your sleep, go to sleep hoping your next day is as good as its last.
-Kody

| Posted on 2010-11-18 | by a guest


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hey every body!!!! this is apoorva n i believe dat this poem has a lot of inner meaning in it.she is so heartily accepting death just as she accepts birth!! she respects death n travells with it to different places and all these places are mentioned in dis poem n i loved this poem because it shows her uniqueness from all the other human beings and also her way of describing death is out shown in dis poem!

| Posted on 2010-10-12 | by a guest


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hey every body!!!! this is apoorva n i believe dat this poem has a lot of inner meaning in it.she is so heartily accepting death just as she accepts birth!! she respects death n travells with it to different places and all these places are mentioned in dis poem n i loved this poem because it shows her uniqueness from all the other human beings and also her way of describing death is out shown in dis poem!

| Posted on 2010-10-12 | by a guest


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I just spent the last week sitting by the bedside of my father in law as he died suddenly...maybe Emily had experienced death in this way and learned to look at life as more valuable? I am very comforted by this poem, and I can relate. A week seemed like one long day while we were with my dear father in law.

| Posted on 2010-10-10 | by a guest


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Pip pip dadoodalydo
I think that the poem \"he\" is the sun... the sun alwways comes back and he stops during the bright day \"he\" will leave and \"he\" will come back but she is taking a journey through death.

| Posted on 2010-09-08 | by a guest


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I believe the narrator is already dead and on her way to the burial ground , passing all the familiar places she knew and was seeing all those places in a different light as the hearse passed by I love the poem and indeed agree this poet was special.I had the first four verses up to immorality on my Mother- in -laws on the order of service she was 94 years old and loved life despite that death did stop for her.

| Posted on 2010-09-04 | by a guest


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You can look at this piece in another way. People have said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. So, when the narrator writes, \"We passed the School, where Children strove At Recess-in the Ring- We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain\", these could be memories that she\'s seeing before she encounters death. You can interpret the line, \"We passed the Setting Sun-Or rather-He passed Us\" as the actual point of death.

| Posted on 2010-07-27 | by a guest


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I find this poem very touching.For i am impressed by her great intelligence, and yet her impresive way of writting poems.

| Posted on 2010-07-11 | by a guest


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To the guest who commented that she / he was comparing it to 'To the dead in the graveyard underneath my window' - you might want to read Dylan Thomas' wonderful poem 'Do Not Gentle into that Good Night'. Interesting parallels.
The dying poster! :-)

| Posted on 2010-07-11 | by a guest


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What I find so powerful is in the final part of the poem where she describes how centuries seem shorter than the day she first surmised the horses' heads were towards eternity. There are two elements here for me; she calmly surmised that this was towards eternity, but was not sure. Secondly, her description of the passing of time (present earlier in the poem) suggests to me that death for her is as near to non-existence as can possibly be. Perhaps her Christian faith awaits salvation, but I don't think so - she does not mention this. A very rational, calm view of the inevitability of death (incidently, I myself am dying of a serious illness and find much in this poem that I personally identify with). Of course, other interpretations are valid, particularly if considered as personal esthetic reactions to a great work of Art.

| Posted on 2010-07-11 | by a guest


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Hello Every Body Its Very Good Poem Everybody Enjoy with this poem

| Posted on 2010-07-06 | by a guest


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I think this poem is just Amazing..!!
The way Emily had portraid death and immortality together is fabulous..!
This is one of my favourite poems..!!

| Posted on 2010-05-16 | by a guest


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I have gotten many differnt meanings from this poem. I see others say its about acceptance of death, and then i see others who say the meaning is Emily is too busy to even think about death. I honestly dont know which meaning is right? and no one will but Emily. But its a cool poem but hard to analyze..

| Posted on 2010-05-10 | by a guest


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This poem is not actually about anyone dying at all. it is about how Emily is so busy that she cannot even think about her "death". so "death" portrayed as a person, stops for her and shows her the little joys in life basically. Immortality which is also portrayed as a person, stand for never dying. It has absolutely nothing to do with marriage either. It is never even hinted. when she talks about how the horses heads are toward eternity, i believe that means that she was looking at a lifetime in the carriage ride that she enjoyed even though she does not actually stay in the carriage ride all her life. it is basically a figure of speech.

| Posted on 2010-05-04 | by a guest


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This poem is not actually about anyone dying at all. it is about how Emily is so busy that she cannot even think about her "death". so "death" portrayed as a person, stops for her and shows her the little joys in life basically. Immortality which is also portrayed as a person, stand for never dying. It has absolutly nothing to do with marriage either. It is never even hinted. when she talks about how the horses heads are toward eternity, i believe that means that she was looking at a liftime in the carriage ride that she enjoyed even though she does not actually stay in the carriage ride all her life. it is basically a figure of speech.

| Posted on 2010-05-04 | by a guest


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the roof is hardly visible because it is the ground over their grave and The cornice in the ground is the narrorator's coffin. I don't know the significance of this but since so many people are asking about it i thought i would throw it out their.

| Posted on 2010-04-11 | by a guest


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This peom is mainly about that spinster who had nothing else in her life except her loneliness and death(which she learnt from the bible).She embrace death in that way as a new bride will embrace her newly married husband and that thier happy married life will be as joyful as the bliss of acheiving eternity...

| Posted on 2010-04-05 | by a guest


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i think that this is an excellent examination on her happy attitude towards death and its a new beginning for her. pip pip! xoxox effy

| Posted on 2010-04-04 | by a guest


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poem is about embracing life - in the context of death. lOOk at all the circle of life imagery - wheels on a Carriage, recess in the RING, grain (round diameter), SUN, DEW drops, Gossamer (spider web spun around), swelling of the gROUND, Cornice - all rOund stuff. life is a cycle and death is part of that cycle. she thinks back to her childhood - everything is coming around. beauty of lie in the beauty of death. we are all immortal. everything is eternal - which means time-less. time is circular. death is circular.

| Posted on 2010-03-29 | by a guest


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I believe Emily D. is giving a narrative of how she accepts the fact that she is dying. She mentions death as the companion that she will have for etetnity. Therefore she states a description of her clothing and the place where she will stay for ever.

| Posted on 2010-03-28 | by a guest


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my teachers are always telling me that to get higher marks you need to explore multiple meanings, i think this is a really great poem for multiple meanings of both death and marriage, furthermore im actually doing this piece for my alevel coursework and have found some really great parallels between this piece and 'To the dead in the graveyard underneath my window' by adelaide crapsey, i think once you understand the meanings of poems, you can learn to fully appreciate them....which is a shame cause i am generally not great at analysing poems, just do your research, find multiple meanings, back up with evidence would be my advice, thanks for all the posts on the site, there really insightful and a great help (: x

| Posted on 2010-03-27 | by a guest


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this poem is about an acceptance of death and how it is welcomed rather than feared. Emily uses realism and fantasy to describe how the woman in the poem feels about her death.

| Posted on 2010-03-21 | by a guest


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the tone of the poem is ironic and the atmosphere is tinged with sorrow. in the poem emily triumphs over death by acceptin it calmly and with dignity and grace. she makes an imaginary journey with death, as a fellow traveller, towards eternity.

| Posted on 2010-03-16 | by a guest


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Emily led a secluded life and was frustrated with her life as there was no love and trust in her life.So I feel the poem is abt her mystical approach towards death.

| Posted on 2010-03-14 | by a guest


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I am taking American Literature and not by choice. I don't understand much of it. This web site has helped me out so much. Thanks to everyone who has posted.

| Posted on 2010-02-10 | by a guest


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"Because I Could Not Stop For Death" is actually her comparison of marriage to death, not the actuality of her dying. She did not want to marry, "I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me", but a suitor did come for her. the house/grave represents her living with her husband for eternity. I'm writing an analysis on this poem at the moment and that is what I think Emily is portraying in this poem.

| Posted on 2010-02-07 | by a guest


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"Because I Could Not Stop For Death" is actually her comparison of marriage to death, not the actuality of her dying. She did not want to marry, "I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me", but a suitor did come for her. the house/grave represents her living with her husband for eternity. I'm writing an analysis on this poem at the moment and that is what I think Emily is portraying in this poem.

| Posted on 2010-02-07 | by a guest


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i think its about death. i dont really understand emilys poems. some of them are confusing..but im not here to criticize because i no mine arent so good either. she has talent though because some of them are really great. poetry is my favorite thing to do. i try and even when someone elses are not good or jus confusing and hard to understand, i still idol them. so i would like to thank emily and every other poet for inspiring me!!!

| Posted on 2010-02-06 | by a guest




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