Analysis Of Because I Could Not Stop For Death By Edwin Muir

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Many people imagine death is as a reaper wearing a black cloak who is living on human souls, however there are some people who accept and welcome death due to death being part of their religion, the truth hasn’t been revealed yet. In result, the two poems “Because I could not stop for death” by Emily Dickinson and “Horses” by Edwin Muir create an image in our mind about the personality and structure of death, and that is death is a caring creature that deals with his “patients” as family, and this creature has a special power to grab people's souls.

In the poem “Because I could not stop for death” Dickinson depends on personification for the most part. This poem personifies death as a man. For example, “He kindly stopped for me.” This scene shows death stopping for the author and taking her on his carriage. By using the word “kindly,” it suggests that the author and death are two lovers, or they are strangers.

The first stanza also personifies immortality as he was with them on the carriage. Emily says “The carriage held but just ourselves- And immortality.”
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Death is proven to take its “patients” to dark and cold places which is the classic way, but before he tries to warm the dying person to places that signify warmth and positiveness, this would let the “patient” know that he is in good hands. However, death in this poem is using his traits to appeal people and then let this sit in a house for times that go up to centuries. “Horses” by Edwin Muir makes humans imagine death as a spirit power possessed by horses, and these horses track their victim from his childhood. Another theory is that the horses are actual death themselves and contain the power to grab souls. At the end, the real literal personality of death stays a mystery, but the figurative one from these poems has been

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