The speaker in Emily Dickinson’s poem “My life closed twice before its close” reveals the inevitability of death, hints on the idea of immortality in the afterlife, and describes the trauma related to the death of loved ones through the careful crafting of two paradoxes and usage of foreboding diction. The narrator presents the first paradox in the first line and title, “My life closed twice before its close” (Dickinson 1). This paradox exposes the idea that two traumatic events happened in the speaker’s life, but these events are not fully revealed in the first stanza. Later in the stanza, the speaker wonders if a third traumatic event may happen to them “if Immortality unveil” (Dickinson 3). The immortality described serves as a hyperbole to the length of time that the narrator felt passed after the events happened; during …show more content…
This emphasizes the deeper idea that only time can tell what can happen, but this idea is taken to a darker sense that over time dreadful things will happen. The usage of an assonant rhyme between “see” (Dickinson 2) and “me” (Dickinson 4) asserts the metaphor between immortality and vision. The second stanza begins by emphasizing the tragedy of the events that occur by describing them as “hopeless to conceive” (Dickinson 5). In the final two lines of the poem, Dickinson employs her final paradox, in which she states that “parting is all we know of heaven” (Dickinson 7) and “all we need of hell” (Dickinson 8). This clever paradox reveals the event that the speaker described in the first stanza as a “parting” (Dickinson 7). of a loved or close individual through death. The paradox also has the logical approach that the only way to get to know heaven is through death, but the death of a loved one creates a “hell” (Dickinson 8) for the acquaintance who has not joined the loved one in the
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The idea that science is capable of explaining everything in life is rejected here as she says that this world is not the end of the line, that there is something after it that we cannot see. It is “invisible, as music”, meaning something that we cannot physically see, but is always there, something that is noticeable and recognizable to those who care for it. The recognition of this invisible afterlife represents a train of thought that someone who had rejected all forms of spirituality would not follow, indicating that Dickinson’s doubt had not led to her disbelief in a higher power. Despite this, Dickinson, in the dichotomy and contradiction that seemed to represent her neverending consideration of the world around her, also recognized the helpful role of increasing scientific discoveries: Faith is a fine invention
This suggests that grief is not essential in life and people always forget about grief. This line projects a stereotypical definition of grief which has a negative connotation. Continuing with the first line “The summer lapsed away --” (2) and “Too Imperceptible, at last” (3) she implies grief is not an everlasting thing. It will just be like summer, which will eventually pass by. Dickinson uses personification in line 2 as if the summer is running away.
Throughout the poem, Dickinson describes Death as a male that keeps coming for her while she is trying to escape him. In the first two lines, she uses personification, giving Death human characteristics. “Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me,” emphasizing death as a male and how he has stopped for her at this point. In lines 9-12, Dickinson uses imagery to create a picture for the reader to emphasize what she and Death are witnessing as they are passing through the area. Imagery is used throughout the poem to illustrate what she is seeing such as children at recess and passing the Fields of Gazing Grain and watching the Sun Set as they take a walk.
In the poem “Because I could not stop for death” by Emily Dickinson, death is described as a person, and the narrator is communicating her journey with death in the afterlife. During the journey the speaker describes death as a person to accompany her during this journey. Using symbolism to show three locations that are important part of our lives. The speaker also uses imagery to show why death isn 't’ so scary.
The beautiful thing about poetry is that everyone can relate to some poet, or poem. To begin, Dickinson acquires a strong belief in God and Jesus Christ, just as I do. “ I shall know why when Time is over, and I shall cease to wonder why;” in this quote I believe that she is saying that Christians do not have to worry about the struggles and hardships that we may surpass while we are living on earth. As long as we continue in faith and perform his will, in the end we will all know why such trials come to us. This speaks volumes to me.
At the beginning of “This World Is Not Conclusion”, Dickinson uses similes to describe what occurs during the afterlife of death as “Invisible, as Music / But positive as Sound” (Dickison 501). This piece of text describes the things happening in the afterlife that are unknown, so one should not put their entire faith on a specific occurrence during the period after death. This description of the mystery of afterlife is accomplished through Dickison’s usage of similes. In addition, the poem connects the questioning of the afterlife by alluding to the “Contempt of Generations And Crucifixion, shown” and the “Strong Hallelujahs roll” (Dickinson 501). These quotes contain allusions to the Bible to state that the questioning of what happens during the afterlife has been occurring for generations and since the crucifixion of Jesus.
The speaker seems completely at ease with the Death as they move along at a relaxed pace. In the third stanza, the reader sees reminders of the world that the speaker is passing through, with children playing, fields of grain, and the sun setting. However, the speakers place in the world shifts between the third stanza and the next. Dickinson states, “We passed the Setting Sun- (12)”, but at the beginning of the fourth stanza, the speaker corrects this by stating, “Or rather – / He passed us – (13) ” because she has died. In the rest of the
Whitman and Dickinson share the theme of death in their work, while Whitman decides to speak of death in a more realistic point of view, Dickinson speaks of the theme in a more conceptual one. In Whitman’s poems, he likes to have a more empathic view of individuals and their ways of living. For example, in Whitman’s “Song of Myself”, the poet talks about not just of himself, but all human beings, and of how mankind works into the world and the life of it. Even though the poem mostly talks about life and the happiness of it, Whitman describes also that life itself has its ending, and that is the theme of death. For Dickinson, she is the complete opposite of happiness.
The poem Because I Could Not Stop For Death by Emily Dickinson reveals the calm acceptance of death and transition into the afterlife whereas Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney conveys his view towards the tragic death of his younger brother. While the theme of death is prevalent in both poems, they are both portrayed in contrasting ways as Dickinson’s thoughts and imagery of death are personified as the speaker transitions from life to death to an afterlife whereas Heaney writes from a deeply personal and emotional perspective on the finality of death. In Mid-Term Break, Heaney writes in the form of a lyric poem and is written retrospectively in order to encapsulate the tragedy of his brother’s death. The title of the poem itself is ironic as we normally associate a Mid Term Break to a holiday, yet the tone swiftly juxtaposes the title as Heaney is “counting bells knelling to a close”, symbolically relating to the ringing of church bells
Instead, Dickinson displays a leisurely poem filled with beautiful imagery to contrast death’s typical portrayal as a vengeful, malicious
Death is an unavoidable aspect of existence as humans. With life comes death no matter what. It is something that is never easy: having those one loves torn from them for seemingly no reason. Or having one’s own life dreams and ambitions put to a screeching halt, sometimes without warning. In Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death—”, she uses the personification of death itself and all the things around the character to show that death is not something to be feared but welcomed as the next step in existence.
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.
Indeed, subjects of death and dying are heavy and solemn, but this particular work has an air of hope, as the speaker seem to feel as though the place she comes Campbell 2 to at the end of the poem is only a resting place – “the Horse’s Heads/were toward Eternity”, after all – as observed by Mark Spencer in his essay on the subject. Dickinson would have been exceedingly familiar with Christian theological views of the afterlife, given her father’s piety, but this poem does not seem to echo them. In fact, Dickinson could not bring herself to wholeheartedly subscribe to her father’s old religious conviction (Ottlinger, 31). Her romantic fascination with death, however, were not exactly unusual for her time. The Victorians made mourning a public display, with elaborate mourning garb, as well as brooches or lockets containing locks of a deceased loved one’s hair.
Emily Dickinson lived during a time when many would become very well acquainted with death. As such it would become a specter that was feared as it could make an appearance at any time. So looking at Dickinson 's work it seems rather interesting that taken as a collection there seems to be the tale of one character that comes to view death in a multitude of different ways throughout their life. First is the feared figure that leaves them restless, then death comes as something numbing but leaves the living to celebrate the life of the one that has passed, life as a story that is completed and finished upon death, and finally coming to see death as kind figure that takes one to a new home. this finally view is what paints death as something that is not to be feared but rather as something natural, it is the next