Essay on Emily Dickinson 's `` Because I Could Not Stop For Death ``

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“Because I could not stop for death” by Emily Dickinson, displays poetic excellence because, it is not didactic, it contains no sentiment, and uses figurative language excellently. The theme of the poem is, when people die, they go into a new life of eternity and have a new beginning. The poem is about a woman who nears death and sees death as something pleasant because her life has become sorrow, which is symbolized with the broken down house. Death is personified as a gentleman caller to show that death can be a sweet thing and not such a sad depressing thing. Instead of lecturing about death, the speaker conveys her message through a story; the speaker is on a date with a gentleman caller. During, the date they travel past a school a field and a broken house. The story is symbolic because Dickinson portrays death as a happy thing, something she awaits and something that is beautiful. She saw death as a beautiful thing because her life at her current state was terrible she was depressed feeling run down, and worth nothing. They venture through life on the date as they pass children, a field, and finally arrive at the broken down house. The poem ends with the speaker crossing over into eternity. During eternity time passes quicker than in the living and she notices it, but at the same time is happy that she has a new begging. The poem avoids being didactic, rather Dickinson tells a story that makes you want to read the poem over and over again because the story is so…

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