The phrase "in her blood" translates into "prime of life", which further shows that the eternal life of a phoenix is damaged once it leaves its "prime of life". In Sonnet 3, Shakespeare reflects on mortality, specifically using one 's children to recreate the image of the speaker: "So thou through windows of thine age shall see / Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time. / But if thou live, remember 'd not to be, / Die single, and thine image dies with thee" (Shakespeare).
In Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Because I Could Not Stop For Death,” the speaker takes a ride in a carriage with death. . Later on it is revealed that the speaker had died hundreds of years ago, introducing a theme about immortality. Emily Dickinson use of imagery paints a clear picture of the afterlife itself. Her smooth rhythm a slow rhythm, supports the theme of the poem by creating a slow relaxed mood. On occasion the author cuts a line mid sentence, to put emphasis on a word, like “immortality.”
The narrator is consequently a spirit recalling the date of death and is not scared about its manifestation. The narrator still remembers the incidents of the death, how she got chilly and the feeling she got when she looked at those horse heads. This poem is among the many poems written by Emily Dickinson but never published and since they had not titles, they were published by the first name of the poem. The carriage is a metaphor which illustrates the final passage to death and shows more symbolism by holding immortality which is personification in both cases of death and immortality.
As one wise time traveller once said “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually ... it 's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff” (Doctor Who S3E10). While this isn’t the most eloquent or scientific quote, it makes the audience think about how they view time and their life. While today society accepts time as a linear concept, this was not always the norm. William Shakespeare lived in an era of change and revolution.
Because of uncertainty, many people have tried to explain to the living what lies after death, yet the sad reality is that no one truly knows what’s beyond mortality. Phillis Wheatley try to explain her interpretation of death and her poem title, “a funeral poem on the death of C. E. An infant of 12 months”. Wheatley’s metaphoric description of Heaven transforms the literary meaning of the word from a place into an abstract concept of the mental faculties of her mind. Wheatley also reveals to The Reader through her poem that she is experiencing the five stages of grief.
In this stanza the speaker is essentially seeing her life again and watching it as it goes by the carriage from childhood until the “Setting Sun”, which symbolizes the end of her life. Then in the fourth stanza the speaker says “Or rather-He passed us- / The Dews drew quivering and chill-.” This is an image of the chill of death, and how when a human’s blood stops pumping and the sun has set on one’s life, then the body becomes cold. In the fifth stanza the carriage the speaker is riding in is “paused before a House that seemed / A Swelling in the Ground-.”
When Dickinson personifies death, she explores with diction such as “Civility” and “kindly” that he is not a tall, ominous, dark figure with a hood and scythe, but that he instead is a welcoming person, who gently takes the character onto the carriage ride of death. As the character contemplates on her scenery around her, such as the children at recess or the setting sun, she gets so overwhelmed and caught up in her thoughts that she doesn’t realize that she has already arrived at Eternity. While the poem expands on the meaningful idea of death, it somehow portrays the comforting mood of the setting around her. For example, the children at recess are exemplifying a playful attitude, perhaps a childlike and innocent vibe. She also uses the word “strove”, which gives off the
However, Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death” presents a more undecided perspective on death, and the afterlife, which differs from the grim, Christian perspective in the nineteenth century. Firstly, the final destination is pictured as neither heaven nor hell, but rather as an everlasting journey. In the nineteenth century people believed that after death a person would end up in heaven or hell. Of course there was also purgatory where people would suffer, but after that even those people would go to heaven (Casey 226).
Immortality and Eternity both make appearances in “Because I could not stop for Death.” Immortality is a passenger who rides with Death and the speaker, while eternity is the destination. Through death, humans escape their mortal condition. Immortality is not a “journey from here to there or from now to then,” but is rather the state which ushers the soul to eternity. Rather, “time is the journey” spiraling around eternity, and when immortality is achieved, “time… becomes static” (Budick 236; 237).
Throughout the poem, death is personified through the use of capitalization as seen in the quotation “He Kindly Stopped for Me”, implying that the narrator has accepted the idea of death; the adverb describing death as “kindly” indicates how caring and courteous he is. Death leads the narrator into an afterlife through a gradual progression of events rather than an abrupt end, as seen in Heaney’s ‘Mid Term Break’. The end of the poem sees the narrator obtaining immortality and living in “Eternity”. Dickinson hints at the idea of immortality at the beginning of the poem where she describes that there are three people present in the carriage: the narrator, death and immortality: “The carriage held but just Ourselves - And Immortality”.
In this quote from the book, you get the intimation that he is death. In this sentence the author is talking about how when you die he will carry you away. The author also talks about the colors in the sky, and he asks what color the sky will be when he comes to get a person. Death is like a person. When one would think about death they might think of an action or the thought of death.
Free-will is the natural instinct to do as you feel. Fate is the journey that is planned out for you and the rest of your life. Oedipus Rex and Revenge of the Sith, show recognition to the debate on fate vs free-will. ‘Who followed their fate?”, “Did Oedipus and Anakin follow their imaginations instead of their realities?” The impact of these stories show that fate is a stronger force than free-will.
A path with no future is equivalent to death. This world contain despair in unpredictable disasters, wrongdoers, and death, but despite having a foreboding image despair can’t manifest itself and the minds of people unless they acknowledge that it is there. In everyday lives and also in the fantastic