This poem may allude to an unrequited love interest of Dickinson’s and the pain that comes with it. Forgetting someone or moving on is a lot harder when it is not certain if the feelings were ever shared. The truth may not be positive, but it is better than uncertainty. The narrator has been hurt somehow by her lover, and is not only angry with him but at herself. Pain makes it harder to forget someone as well.
In “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”, Emily Dickinson uses imagery and symbols to establish the cycle of life and uses examples to establish the inevitability of death. This poem describes the speaker’s journey to the afterlife with death. Dickinson uses distinct images, such as a sunset, the horses’ heads, and the carriage ride to establish the cycle of life after death. Dickinson artfully uses symbols such as a child, a field of grain, and a sunset to establish the cycle of life and its different stages. Dickinson utilizes the example of the busyness of the speaker and the death of the sun to establish the inevitability of death.
Dickinson may have used this poem to express her feelings about an unrequited love interest and the pain that comes with it. In this poem, Dickinson is implying that forgetting someone or moving on is a lot harder when it is not certain if the feelings were ever shared. The truth may not be positive, but it is better than uncertainty. The narrator has been hurt somehow by her lover, and is not only angry with him but at herself. Pain makes it harder to forget someone as well.
“Mourners,” “breaking,” “beating,” “numb,” and “Wrecked” all illustrate the psychological pain the speaker is in during her death. With a solid grasp of what misery feels like, it would seem Dickinson was no stranger to mental anguish. Anderson acknowledges a letter in which she detailed a “terror,” which many ascribe to her knowledge about despair (10). It is also speculated that Dickinson feared life’s end, so it is no surprise then that she would depict death as “obliterating pain” akin to the greatest suffering she knew (Wolosky 181; Anderson
First of all, all of Dickinson’s poems were not given a name, so everyone referred to the first verse in her poems to be the title. This poem begins with a metaphor of transforming hope into a bird that is present in the human soul. Most of Dickinson’s poems include a metaphor, which is usually the basis of the poem. Paula Bennett points out that “[w]hile Dickinson’s nature poetry is directed toward representations of the material world, it is also true that she employed metaphors drawn from nature to illustrate the inner life” (116). Bennett talks about how Dickinson uses metaphors a lot, and this relates to this poem because Dickinson’s whole poem is about the metaphor of hope being a bird and how it is present in the human soul.
After the events mentioned beforehand in the poem, it seems like her feelings are all mixed up. Just like when a fog eventually lifts, and everything will become visible again, maybe one day, the speaker will know what the future holds for her will get over the past. Che further writes, “You’d become less than a feeling, / the way every lover I’ve known” (26-27). When the speaker finally gets over her breakup, she will be free again, just like after every one of her breakups. A fog must lift and when it does, everyone gets liberated from the uncertainty of everything.
In my opinion, I believe that the poem “Her Long Illness” really painted an image for the readers and made us feel as if we were there at the hospital with him and watching him nervously pacing around, drinking coffee, and reading poetry to his wife while in chemotherapy. He was a dedicated husband there by wife’s side The words throughout the whole book was great works and made us feel what he was using the words weren’t difficult to understand. Hall arouses feelings of sorrow in the readers’ minds by telling us exactly how he felt while his wife was dying and after her death. Hall felt lonely and didn’t know how to live without Jane. In closing, “Without” is a very deep, heartbreaking, and touching book of poems.
Emily Dickinson used the metaphor of people walking around in the dark, searching for what lies before them, but only the brave ones are able to move forward without fear holding them back. Finally, She ends the poem with hope. A person who inhabited braveness enough to have adjusted to the dark, can now see what lies before them. This associates with how humans finally learn from mistakes and have the ability to see what aspirations they might have for the
The techniques, such as, imagery and tone, help create the theme of memory and loneliness throughout the poem. The poem is very simple and complex as the same time where the speaker is using simple everyday objects to represent life and death. Using those literary techniques, Lee creates a tone and image of grief over the father’s death where the speaker lives through his memories leaving him forever
Emily Dickinson’s exploration of death and consciousness in “Because I could not stop for Death” and “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” reveals her skepticism about eternal life and God. Much of Emily Dickinson’s work focuses on the finality of consciousness in death and her relationship with God. Her poems ponder what it means to move from physical awareness to one that is purely metaphysical. “Because I could not stop for Death” and “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” highlight her unique view on the transfer of consciousness between life and death by reflecting on the mind during or after passing. Dickinson’s understanding of death was limited to her own experience which left her, like many others, questioning.