Attitude Towards Death Of Emily Dickinson 's Poetry Essay

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Attitude towards Death in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry Emily Dickinson was a poet born in Massachusetts. Her works were all published posthumously as while she wrote poetry, she did not publish any of her own works. Included in these works are the poems “Because I could not stop for Death” and “I felt a Funeral in my Brain”. These two poems encompass Emily’s thoughts towards death and the afterlife. Through the use of alliteration, imagery, and tone, Emily Dickinson presents different attitudes towards death and the afterlife. In the poem “Because I could not stop for Death”, the speaker describes their experience while riding in a carriage with Death. The speaker notices their surroundings as the carriage continues on:
We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess-in the Ring-
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain-
We passed the Setting Sun- (9-12)
In this passage, Dickinson uses alliteration four times to emphasize a calming and normal experience as the speaker lives out the final parts of their life. She uses “School” and “strove”, “Recess” and “Ring”, “Gazing” and “Grain”, and “Setting” and “Sun” to produce a wonderful sounding paragraph. However, what is occurring in this passage is the speaker revisiting moments in their life before they pass on. The soothing effect created by the repeated sounds show Dickinson’s intent at creating a tranquil atmosphere while dying. It is also important to note that Dickinson capitalized all the words with alliteration with the…

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