Analysis Of Emily Dickson 's Poem, Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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Going through the motions of life can tend to feel like an endless roller coaster that does not end until death embarks upon us. In Emily Dickson’s poem “Because I could not stop for death,” the cloud of doom can strike too soon, but demonstrates not to have a fear of being deceased. Death escorted the woman in a carriage like a kind suitor and accompanied death by immortality, but then the final destination of her ride is for eternity. The most significant moments of the woman’s life surrounded her mind in these last moments of breath as lifelike images that reminded her of happiness. When dusk hits, like the last step before death, she was stricken with a chill and is content with what lies ahead. It was soon revealed that the flash of death felt like it happened centuries ago, so it is assumed that the woman has actually been dead for awhile. Life is not restricted to earth, but rewarded with an eternity after it. Society portrays death as a mourning event, but Dickson poem reassures that death is to be accepted and rejoiced because there is so much more time offered in eternity. The poem is written in a ballad form because it has quatrain stanzas with a cross rhyme of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter. This form allows for the poem to not sound forced, but by using this rhythm the first and third line of each stanza is composed of four feet with unstressed and stressed syllables. The second and fourth lines of each stanza happen to have one less foot because these…

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