Death is an unknown, no one has ever died and come back to tell the tale, instead people have to imagine and come up with what they think it will be like. The poets, Emily Dickinson and William Cullen Bryant, both had very different perspectives when it came to writing about death. In Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”, the speaker emphasizes that one joins nature and should not be afraid because they will be with everyone else as equals when they die. This is different from Dickinson’s poem, “Because I could not stop for Death”, where the speaker takes a ride in a carriage with death for eternity. Whether or not these authors believed that their poems were actual representations of what happens when one dies, the poems both describe unique ideas of what
First off, the passive atmosphere with which the speaker tells the poem leaves the impression that she is unconcerned about death. The passive tone is caused by her lack of control over death and this is shown in the very first lines of the poem: ‘‘Because I could not stop for death – He kindly stopped for me – ’’ She could not stop for death because it was not up to her to decide when or how death would come to here. In addition, death here is personified as a polite suitor picking her up in a carriage. Emily Dickinson did not portray death as a cloaked demon ripping away the speaker’s life. Since death is portrayed as a nice guy who came to offer his service, the speaker does not fear it and rather accepts it.
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 past, death has been presented in many ways in various novels, movies, and poems. In this poem, death is a very important topic and figure and is presented as such through the voice of the speaker. In Emily Dickinson's “Because I could not stop for Death”, the author uses literary devices, and punctuation and capitalization throughout the poem to show the speaker’s content association with death. Through the speaker’s voice, death seems to be personified to help the reader understand the relationship that is present between the speaker and death.
Many children use nightlights when they go to bed in order to limit the darkness surrounding them; the darkness impairs vision, leaving them with an overwhelming feeling of vulnerability. Adults face this dilemma at times too; it is an instinct that has evolved with the human race. However, darkness is not only a reality, but it is also a symbol of fear as well. Emily Dickinson’s “419” and Robert Frost’s “Acquainted with the Night” use darkness and night as symbols of hope and desolation respectively, as revealed through the poets’ use of imagery, point of view, and structure, to disclose that darkness can either envelop or be overcome.
She did not get the recognition she deserved or see the rest of her work become published. Dickinson is one of the most important people in literature. Her poems changed a lot of people by making them feel emotions. Some people think it was just a girl writing her feelings down and that is what she did to most to most of her poems but what
In “Because I could not stop for Death” Dickinson views death as a kind person, “He kindly stopped for me” (752). He stops to pick up a woman that is to busy in life the notice that he is there. He takes her on a carriage ride from life to afterlife. Since death is so kind to stop for her she stops doing the things that make her so busy so they can enjoy the ride. As they pass children at play, fields and the setting sun it then becomes a sinister scene.
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.
When Dickinson was young she thought of death as a kind, peaceful gentleman. She elaborates on this idea in her poem “Because I could not Stop for Death”, “Because I could not stop for Death/ He kindly stopped for me/ We slowly drove - He knew no haste,” Emily Dickinson uses the personification of Death in a way that bears resemblance to a classy, peaceful gentleman who is willing to slowly guide and patiently wait for a lady. Her wording also gives the connotation that she is young and in love with this gentle Death. This idea abruptly turns into hatred when she loses her parents.
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.
“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” by Emily Dickinson is a poem about death being personified in an odd and imaginative way. The poet has a personal encounter with Death, who is male and drives a horse-carriage. They go on a mysterious journey through time and from life to death to an afterlife. The poem begins with its first line being the title, but Emily Dickinson’s poems were written without a title and only numbered when published, after she died in 1886.
At the beginning of her school year, Dickinson stood out from everyone as she was distinguished as an original thinker who, in her brother’s words, dazzled her teachers: “Her compositions were unlike anything ever heard- and always produced sensation-both with the scholars and teachers-her imagination sparkled- and she gave it free rein (Modern American Poetry 1). Her great interest in poetry and English literature is shown throughout her late teens as she read famous authors. Moreover, whilst attending Amherst Academy, Dickinson was a “serious student with a mischievous streak” (Literature California Treasures 437).
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.
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