Because I Could Not Stop For Death By Emily Dickinson Essay

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The poem 'Because I Could Not Stop for Death ' by Emily Dickinson dramatizes the conflict between mortality and immortality and the speakers gentle acceptance of death. It is a story told by the speaker memorizing the day that she died. The speaker reveals that she is a very busy person that could not sit idly by and wait for death. She reveals her mortality in the first two lines of the poem. “Because I could not stop for Death/He kindly stopped for me” the speaker insinuates that she realizes no one can escape death.

Personification is used to give death a human form. In the first stanza the speaker uses personification to describe death. “He kindly stopped for me”. Death something that everyone eventually experiences; the speaker gives it a human quality by referring to it as "he". She uses the word kindly which is a human emotion. She again personifies death in the third sentence. “The carriage held but just ourselves” indicating that the speaker and death are riding in the carriage together. In the second stanza the speaker continues to personify death and his kindness. She reveals this by stating. “We slowly drove - he knew no haste” this indicates he took her slowly giving her time to adjust to the situation. She portrays him as being courteous. It is because of this that she feels at ease with her kind gentleman caller. She gives in and doesn 't fight. “And I had put away/ my labor and my leisure too/ For his civility”

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