Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” was unconventional and unlike other 19th century poems, especially one’s written by women; this particular poem exemplifies her Christian background, while the issues surrounding the war, society, and medical stagnation influenced her writing.
Why are people so enamored by Emily Dickinson? She guards the independence of her heart and soul with her poems and her words. The person she is, the words she writes, and the people she grows up with, watches her struggle through pain rebellion, and introvertedness. The film, “A Quiet Passion,” shows her life story throughout her later teenage years to her 50’s and how she sculpts her life by her poems, her beliefs, and the exaggerated quiet life she lives. In the film, it shows Dickinson in the 18th century, which is known as the Age of Enlightenment. In the film, Dickinson and her poems were portrayed with high modern but not contemporary qualities that artists
A purpose behind Dickinson's obsession with death may be her involvement with religious believes. Her ideas about God, Eternity, Time, Immortality, Infinity and so on are responsible for her developing enthusiasm for death. Inmorality to her was an issue to be confronted as death, however it was not an expansion or a retreat. Her quick enthusiasm for the death poems is to dramatize the occasion of death, to draw out the tension or conflict that such a specific occasion will have on the brains of a person. Dickinson's obsessions on death might likewise be followed to her Puritan environment. For the Puritan, death is the peak of living, and it must be acknowledged. Her rebellion to Puritanism taught her that passing couldn't be a compensation
Emily Dickinson is famous for writing about death time and time again. Her poem, 479 or “Because I could not stop for Death”, is no exception. The speaker within this poem is communicating with us from beyond the grave. They begin to describe their journey with death, who is personified or given human characteristics, in the first stanza by saying “Because I could not stop for Death-/He kindly stopped for me.” Dickinson starts this poem with the word “because”. This immediately assumes that the speaker is giving an explanation to an argument on death and why she could not stop. The speaker has no time for death as they are too busy living the life that they already have so Death, being the “kind” individual that he is, waits for her. This makes the poem seem more alive and active, unlike others who take on a more observant position. The civility that he shows causes her to give up on the things that has made her so busy- “And I had put away/My labor and my leisure too”- and enjoy the carriage ride that he takes her on. It is implied, to the reader, that the carriage holds just the two of them because of the capitalization of “Ourselves”, but this is quickly diminished in the fourth line by adding Immortality. Dickinson often will capitalize nouns to add emphasis to the term and to make the reader pay more attention to that specific word.
If she wasn’t writing about death then she was writing about religion. She wanted to be able to express herself in a way that would not offend some people while including something she loved and her beliefs. 1840-1850 is known as Religious Revivalism or the Second Awakening. “This was a time when there was religious problems going around in the United States” (The Second Great Awakening). Dickinson wanted to find a way she could express her religion during this time. She did not want to make it seem like the Second Awakening was affecting her writing, so she tried to avoid writing about but since this was an important time in her life she wrote about it anyway. Dickinson did not write about a specific type of religion. She only wanted to include her love for her religion in her poems. In the poem “Because I Could Not Stop For Death” Dickinson wrote about the different stages of life and how in the end she would be immortal in the end. In the Bible many people tell us that once we die we will live in Heaven for eternity. Dickinson made a poem that was appealing to many different people while also including religion. Different people received a different meant from this poem, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” because everyone brings various experiences to what they are reading. Some say it’s just a poem, others say it’s about the stages in life, and the other few people find it in a more biblical way. Religion was important to Dickinson. She wanted to make sure she could include it into her poems. Dickinson’s religion is something that made her who she was. Poems should reflect on things such as emotions, subjects that are important, and personal experiences. Dickinson knew this and she wrote many poems about this all of these things which connected with her audience over time. Dickinson went through many life experiences to get the content of her poems. She had pain, loss, some happiness, and many other
He kindly stopped for me.” What does Emily mean by this Death is a kind of a gentleman. Who knew? This line establishes the tone that most of the poem follows one of calm acceptance about death. She's even going to enjoy the ride! We have good reason to believe by just the second line, that Emily is going to escape this
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 “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. It is now cold and her clothing is old and tattered. He then takes her to her home, “ A Swelling of the Ground” (752). This describes her grave. It has been centuries since her death, it seems to her like it has only been a day although she still sees the horses that took her to eternity. She does not realize how long she has been gone. She realizes that she never slowed down to
In conclution, Alan Seeger and Emily Dickinson, both explain that althrough there were diffrent viewpoints and lifesyles although death is inevitable and unpredictable, death is something to not be feared but calmly accepted and perhaps calmy anticipated. Death is usually viewed as doubtful and people usually never want to accept it but Seeger and Dickinson explain to us how unevitable death is. Both authors further explain that death must not be feared but calmly accepted. In summary, death is a natural occurance that wiil inevitably happen to every living organism on this earth which is why it’s imperitave to humans that death should not be feared becaause we just wait its
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.
Well-renowned American poet, Emily Dickinson, was a very impactful writer of the 19th century. Shortly before her time, transcendentalists emphasized natural intelligence and divinity. Advocates of this movement used their writing to educate the people regarding the universe and the truths of nature. Dickinson’s writing referred to some of these ideals, but was not written with the intention of teaching these ideals. While she possesses some of Emerson and Thoreau’s transcendentalist principles, Emily Dickinson did not use her writing to implement ideas, but instead used it to highlight the simultaneous existence of multiple levels of reality. So, she cannot be considered a true member of the transcendentalist movement, because in actuality
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.
Dickinson appeals to not fear of death instead she very acceptable. Not everybody is agreeing with her but there is nothing could prevent death
“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.
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