Analysis Of Emily Dickinson 's `` Because I Could Not Stop For Death ``

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Emily Dickinson is known for a series of poems revolving around the theme of death. In the poem, “Because I could not stop for death”, the speaker reminisces on when death took her from life to the afterlife. The speaker is communicating from her grave the day death proceeded her. Throughout the poem we see death personified and immortality acting as a character. Dickinson personifies death as a close friend, or a gentleman suitor who is doing her a favor. The speaker’s attitude towards death is not frightening nor intimidating but instead it is of comfort and happiness leading her to eternity. The first stanza opens up with the line, “Because I could not stop for death - he kindly stopped for me” (Dickinson 1-2). Death arrives in his carriage taking the time to stop for the speaker since she was too busy to stop for him. He even brought alone a chaperone “Immortality”. As she enters the carriage with the two she does not panic, instead she sees it as an act of kindness. As a reward of death picking her up she is able to put away her “labor” and “leisure” in order to enjoy the ride. This shows that the speaker is now willing to set down everything involving life and move onto peace. The next stanza starts to show the downsides of life. The carriage ride is slow and quiet and they start to pass reminders of the world she is leaving. They pass a school with children playing on the playground which seems nice but Dickinson makes it an example of the difficulties in life. “We…

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