Theme Of Death In Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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“The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained”-Unknown Quote.

In ‘Cold In the Earth’ by Emily Brontë and ‘Because I Could Not Stop For Death’ by Emily Dickinson, both of the authors approach the theme of death differently. For instance, Brontë portrayed death in a melancholy way, whereas Dickinson portrayed death as calm and not frightening. Although both poems are juxtaposed, they both share similar literary devices such as: symbolism, imagery and mood. Perhaps, they have done this in order to create a sense of eeriness to the readers and further explain that death is inevitable no matter what. This essay will examine how Brontë and Dickinson approach the theme of death in their poems.

Because I could
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ØDickinson personifies “Death” and uses alliteration of the “c”.She describes this as a pleasant event that takes place in a carriage. She uses end rhyme in lines 2 and 4 and internal rhyme in line 3 and ØImmortality: (or eternal life) is the concept of living in physical or spiritual form for an infinite length of time.

Dickinson’s approach on death is primarily shown through personification where she utilises death and immortality as characters. For instance, “Because I could not stop Death- He kindly stopped for me” This shows that death is being personified from life to afterlife and that she is busy to stop for death. The pleasant tone of the poem further suggests that the author is quite comfortable with death.

“We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure
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They then drive past the “gazing grain” allowing the author to think back upon the prime of her life. This further gives imagery which represents nostalgia, as she is reminiscing her past. Moreover, ‘they pass the setting sun’, perhaps, this symbolizes the author’s death which shows a dramatic shift. The sunset is portrayed beautiful and gentle, and the passing from life to eternity is portrayed as such. Stanza 3 refers to her life and the corn represents maturity. She feels very comfortable about death and about the grave. Dickinson is talking about the different stages of her life or seeing her own life flash before her eyes. the children at recess symbolizing the beginning of her life.…the fields of grazing grain symbolize adolescence/adulthood,…the setting sun symbolizes the writer’s final years…the setting sun symbolizes the writer’s final years and The repetition of “we passed” is called

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