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Because I could not stop for Death, Analysis

Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 6319

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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 played,

Their lessons scarcely done;

We passed the fields of gazing grain,

We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed

A swelling of the ground;

The roof was scarcely visible,

The cornice but a mound.

Since then 't is centuries; but each

Feels shorter than the day

I first surmised the horses' heads

Were toward eternity.


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in the 19th century for a woman to marry or to die were the two only opportunities to leave the father's house.
both, marriage and death, are said to be eternal.
it seems as if the lyrical I follows the personnified death to his house like a woman follows her husband.

| Posted on 2010-02-24 | by a guest

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Death stopped to show the speaker her life by basically taking her on a carriage ride as her life is passing before her eyes. the recess symbolizes her childhood and the sunset symbolizes her life finishing. the house in the ground symbolizes her grave or her final resting place. in stanza five she wrote, "since then- 'tis centuries" which means she was telling that from her "after life".

| Posted on 2008-12-08 | by a guest

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Yeh so that death guy comes and picks up this chick. He tries to impress her byt taking her on a romantic trip in a horse drawn carriage. Death is a gentleman and doesnt try to "get in" with her but shows her what he can do for her. He Shows her the many stages of life and how great it can be, but then shows her the romantic way in which death can come about.
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| Posted on 2008-07-29 | by a guest

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haha fabio..anyways
emily talks about a near death experience and her life was passing her by. we see that she speaks of death in the 4th stanza because she lies in her death bed in a white dress (the white dress represents a wedding dress because she never got married). the horses' head represents that the horses are leading her to her death..eternity. she is telling us that we are always riding with death and death is always on our side.

| Posted on 2008-06-02 | by a guest

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Emily Dickinson sees death as a gentlemen who takes her in a carriage to see the many stages of life. They go on ride through different childhhod where children play unworried. Before the grazing grain fields which represent maturity. They pass the setting sun meaning the end of life until they encounter a resting place(it could be hers). Time doesn't matter anymore. The horses' head go towards eternity. It's a very romantic view of how it is to die.I imagine how Emily Dickinson felt when she composed this nice piece of poetry. If dying is like that, then it must be not that bad. (FABIO, Brazil)

| Posted on 2005-10-05 | by Approved Guest

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