Death In Emily Dickinson's Poetry

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It is evident in many of Emily Dickinson’s poems that death is important to Dickinson. Out of the thousands of poems Dickinson wrote, about 600 of them are concerned with the theme of death. The reason why the theme death is so important to Dickinson remains a topic for criticism and debate. Among these 600 many of them are her best loved and critically acclaimed poems, for example, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” “I Heard a fly buzz—when I Died,” and “Because I Could not Stop for Death,” are just a few of the many poems where the theme death is evident. Dickinson`s poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” evidently represents the theme death. Dickinson utilizes metaphors of a funeral to represent to the reader that a part of her is dying. …show more content…
The first line of her poem reads, “Because I could not stop for Death—” (Dickinson 712). The way Dickinson starts this poem with “Because” is a clear indication to the reader that she is giving some sort of explanation to why death had to stop for her, and that explanation is that she was too busy to stop for it. In Dickinson’s poem death is personified as a gentleman. She mentions in the first stanza “Because I could not stop for Death—He kindly stopped for me—“(Dickinson 712). Dickinson describes death as if he is a peaceful, and kind man who has appeared in her life to carry her away to a peaceful place, she even directly talks about his kindness, and civility. Towards the end of the poem, Dickinson mentions that they have reached a house, which the reader can infer that this location is where Dickinson is to be buried. Up until this point the reader was unable to fully decide whether or not the speaker was alive or dead, but by this point in the story the reader is assured that the speaker is dead. In this poem Dickinson makes it evident how comfortable she is with the concept of death, comfortable enough to take a blissful ride with

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