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

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“I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died” and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” are both poems written by Emily Dickinson and are also both poems written about death, but in two very different ways. In “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”, Dickinson has a somewhat of a positive outlook of death. The speaker in her poem has somewhat of a comforting journey to eternal life, which is also the reason why this poem by Dickinson was more powerful to me. As for in “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died”, Dickinson portrays the speaker’s last couple of minutes before death as more of an uneasy and eerie feel and when the speaker dies, it is the end with no talk about the life after death. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” is narrated by a woman who in the final stanza we learn has been dead for centuries already. The woman describes death as a kind man driving a horse pulled carriage who stops to pick her up (670). She describes her journey as appealing and relaxing as she takes notice of every surrounding they pass up on the carriage ride to her tombstone. The views that the speaker passes up and takes notice in are children playing at recess, fields of grain, and the setting sun which are all very peaceful sights, and which all explains her comfort with death. In the last stanza where we learn that the speaker had been dead for centuries, she explains how centuries “feels shorter than a day” while living her eternal life (670). In “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died”, the speaker describes…

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