Theme Of Death In Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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A tranquil view of death presented in Because I could not stop for Death Death is a reality for everyone. Yet for many people dying is a frightening consequence of living. Images of the grim reaper with his scythe ready to steal people from the land of the living have haunted many peoples’ nightmares. In her poem Because I could not stop for death Emily Dickinson’ through the tittle, personification, and meter and rhyme presents a peaceful and somewhat idealized version of dying. To begin with, The tittle of the poem helps convey Dickinson’s view of death as a peaceful and comforting experience. The poet chose the tittle with the poem’s theme in mind. Death kindly stops for speaker in the poem, the speaker does not die a violent or sudden …show more content…
Death in the poem is personified as a gentleman because usually death is thought of as just a concept. In the first stanza death shows up in a carriage to the speaker’s house and invites her into the carriage. “Because I could not stop for death he kindly stopped for me” are the first two lines of the poem and they imply that death took time just so the speaker could be guided into the afterlife in a pleasant manner. Throughout the poem death also takes the speaker past some things that represent stages of life so she can reminisce about her own life. This seems like an act of kindness that death wouldn’t do for just anyone so that is why he could be considered gentlemen. Therefore personification shapes the whole poem’s idea about death being …show more content…
Nearly every line in the poem is written in iambic pentameter format which is a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one. Using iambic pentameter creates a peaceful feeling in the poem that can be sung if chosen to. Although this poem would be odd to sing, I think Dickinson uses iambic pentameter on purpose in order to get the relaxed feeling about dying across to the speaker. If the poem wasn’t this way it might create a sense of discordance and that would not portray the notion of a peaceful death. Dickinson also accomplishes the rhythm of the poem by having very subtle rhymes hidden in the poem. An example of one rhyming pair in the poem is me and immortality which is a slant rhyme. The other rhyme in the poem is Civility and eternity and together they create an eye rhyme. This keeps the flow and feel of the poem going without having fairly obvious end rhymes that will make it come to a stop after ever two lines. The dashes in the poem at the end of almost every line also help in continuing the poem along by grouping the poem into sentences. The lack of rhyming in the poem also works with the Iambic pentameter to create a better sing song feel .This is better than the poem having discordance in it because it supports the positive portrayal of death while if it was discordant in places it would contradict the meaning of the

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