Death Of Death By Emily Dickinson Essay

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Emily Dickinson is unquestionably one of the most significant, innovative, and renowned American poets. She did not always receive such high praise, however, as most of her fame and honor was obtained long after she died. While she was alive, she lived most of her life isolated from society as a recluse. During this reclusion, however, she wrote almost eighteen hundred poems, and one of these included “Because I could not stop for Death” (Mays 1187). This particular poem is one of her most popular and that is in part because it allows the audience to analyze the topic of death and the struggle to come to grip with one’s own demise. The concept of Death is humanized within this poem. “He” is portrayed as conductor as much as he is a robber of life; which is death itself. Dickinson uses personification and figurative language to show the helpless surrender man faces when met with is in the face of death’s unpredictable timetable.
Dickinson commences the poem with the use of personification in regards to Death. Death’s calling upon the narrator—who is a woman—and making the decision to “kindly stop” for her as if he were a potential suitor for marriage (2). She is described as not being able to “stop for death” in the first line of the poem, and this shows that she is not ready to die. It is possible that she is simply to diligent with everyday life to die, and so this is why Death himself comes to escort her away for a carriage ride (1-3). His goal is to set her down…

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