Because I Could Not Stop For Death Analysis

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“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” Analysis

The poem, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” by Emily Dickinson

presents captivating themes on the cycle of life, time, and death. The first two lines,
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This ties into what the

meaning of Death is in this poem, because the terms that Emily Dickinson use to

substitute the places that the main character goes through while she is in a state of

death are imagined as a fascinating, memorable experience. However, the main

character becomes a bit dumbfounded by her surroundings and begins to question

about why her entire experience of being with Death is a good thing, and not a bad

thing. While she contemplates, her journey still remains a mystery.

In the sixth stanza, Death’s underlying meaning becomes a beneficial

influence when it is known as something that lasts forever. In these final lines,

Dickinson has attempted to describe what is unknown about the meaning of Death.

In the poem, the narrative figure, “surmised” (Dickinson 679; Stanza 6, Line 23)

meaning that she guesses, through intuition, the answer to human existence. She

also looks at the heads of the horses and sees that they are directed “toward

Eternity” (Dickinson 679; Stanza 6, Line 24). The young woman finally realizes the

true meaning of Death. Living life can be stressful, but at the same time be
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Even if Death generally represents a negative

image, it represents the exact opposite view in the poem. This aspect is that while

living can be stressful, and overwhelming, it can be a “kindly” (Dickinson 679;

Stanza 1, Line 2), because of hard work and dedication to one’s life. The term,

“kindly” is used to describe the positive view of what to expect when Death arrives.

Death wants the young woman to open her eyes and see that living every day life is

a reward and that it will also be a reward when one dies.

In this powerful poem, Dickinson demonstrates three important aspects of

death: the civil character of Death, how Death has to do with the eternal life and, and

sailing through time in order to look back at seeing the positives of living every day

life. “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” challenges readers to put themselves in

the young woman’s shoes. The stress, and frustration of living every day life is

something that everyone can relate to. Death can be very “kindly.” This particular

description is powerful enough to demonstrate and emphasize that dying can be

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