Compare The Differences And Similarities Of Two Poems
Have you ever lost close relatives or friends by death? What did you feel when you lost them? Did you ask where death took them? Emily Dickinson, a famous American poet, answers these questions in her two poems called “Because I could not stop for Death” and “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain.” Dickinson uses various techniques such as simile, metaphor, anaphora to express the shared theme of Death and the tone of the poems.
Both poems are about immortality, but the themes are different. In “Because I could not,” the narrator has already died, whereas in “I felt” what is described is a feeling in the writer’s mind or brain. For example, in “Because I could not” Emily writes, “The Roof was scarcely visible- …show more content…
The tone of “Because I could not”, is very calm, and the narrator is ready for Death. As one critic said, “Dickinson believes… Death as the gentleman caller who transports the speaker to the other side” (Engle Patricia). I agree with Engle because Dickinson writes in the second stanza, “He kindly Stopped for me” (line 2). She believes death is a kind thing which gives a ride to Immortality or Eternity. On the other hand, in the “I felt,” the tone is sad and emotional. Anna Boustead states, “She is going crazy by the service.” Yes, she is. Because the funeral service is very somber, even frightening, the narrator’s brain stops doing its regular duties.
Although the tones of the poems differ, there are some similarities. They both use
Quatrain for their stanzas from the beginning until the end. A quatrain stanza means four lines for each stanza. In addition to the similarities of the stanzas, both poems create vivid pictures for the audience by using similar types of figurative language. For instance, in the “Because I could not” Dickinson writes, “We passed the school… / We passed the fields… / We passed the setting sun” (lines 9-11). There are repetitions of two words— “We passed”— three times. This technique is called anaphora. Anaphora creates an outstanding effect of emphasizing important words by repeating them.
Likewise, Dickinson uses anaphora again in “I felt,” She repeats the