Death is an experience that all humans will eventually face, and no living human can say exactly what this encounter is like. The poems “On My First Son” by Ben Jonson, “Death be not proud” by John Donne, and “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson are all examples of poetry that express and explore the central theme of death and its many facets. These poems examine how people view the inevitability of the human condition, and look at the fact that people die at any point in time and is not dictated by a human’s own time frame. “On My First Son”, “Death be not proud”, and “ Because I could not stop for Death” discuss death. All three poems approach this topic in a unique way.
Name: Mark Vicars Instructor: Date: Essay 2 Analysis Because I could not stop Death “Because I could not stop Death” by Emily Dickinson talks about the day when death came calling her. In this poem the narrator is dead although it is clearly depicted in the last stanza and the reader cannot realize it form the first stanza.
Furthermore, in “Because I could not stop for Death,” one of the most celebrated of any poems Emily Dickinson wrote, the deceased narrator reminisces about the day Death came calling on her. I have read this poem many times and i figured it out that this poem deals with the Emily’s desire to leave her physical life in this world and begin the eternal spiritual life of the soul. For this, Emily assumed Death as her fiancé. She has been engaged to death, and she is impatiently waiting for uniting with him, so as to begin her endless life. On the way to death, she realized that her life before marriage (or death) is temporary, and the real life will only begin after that; in the eternal journey of the soul.
Death knows that he is the only one who could do his job. Therefore when Death’s own metaphorical time comes he must bring himself to death. On page 543, Death says, “And remain.” Death will be all that remains, and so he must come for himself metaphorically at the end of things.
This is a direct metaphor of the physical changes that undergo as a person passes away. As Death brings her to her new ‘house’, her grave, she describes it as a swelling in the ground. Dickinson rides the line between the reality of the situation, and the description of the metaphorical house. She describes the roof as barely visible—this is the top of her coffin, still undergoing burial. It is made clear that this part of death—the coldness, and burial—may not be ideal, but it does guide her to Immortality.
Thus, the poem reveals a suicidal contemplation creating the image of a tired person in a lethargic state who wishes to die but he cannot because of his commitments to society. The overlapping of conceptual metaphors in the poem “Acquainted with the Night” activates the general metaphor: DEATH IS GOING TO A FINAL DESTINATION. The speaker is the traveler, walking along the city lane is his journey, while he looked at the path that was already walked he is ready for his last farewell, he is done with all the distance that was meant for him and is about to cross the line from light to darkness, from the state of life to the state of death. The journey itself is like an inevitable mechanism in which the human being is condemned to walk and walk until the death’s
Although the raven only says “[n]evermore,” the speaker continues talking to it, asking it if he’ll ever see his beloved Lenore again in the afterlife. When the raven again replies “[n]evermore,” the persona begins to despair, calling the bird a “thing of evil” and ordering it to leave. However, the raven instead remains above the “chamber door,” where the “lamp-light … [casts] his shadow on the floor,” from which the persona’s “soul … [s]hall be lifted–nevermore!” The speaker’s bizarre encounter with the raven portrays him as mentally and emotionally unstable. Without his beloved Lenore, he is constantly on edge and cannot think rationally.