The character is worked away by the duties of the life at hand that when, “I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me.”. 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.
‘Because I Could Not Stop for Death’ Analysis ‘Because I could not stop for Death’ is a lyrical poem written by Emily Dickinson first published posthumously in Poems: Series 1 in 1890. She gives us a unique interpretation of Death—as someone kind and courteous, compassionately taking us to ‘the other side’. Dickinson’s use of capitalization and dashes in this poem is highly effective--her dashes guiding us along to the next line—therefore slowing the poem dramatically, henceforth placing a much heavier emphasis on the words following them. As Death is personified as going out of his way to collect our speaker, she speaks fondly of him—perhaps in the same manner one may regard a gentleman caller. After she climbs into his carriage, she introduces Immortality in a somewhat off-hand manner, as seen: “The Carriage held but just Ourselves – / And Immortality.” This
In the end, he states “and so live ever or else swoon to death” (14). He accepts the fact that death is inevitable and he chooses to spend his dying days in the arms of his lover. Similarly in “When I have Fears,” Keats expresses his emotions towards death, except this time, from the perspective of a poet. Through alliteration and personification he relays his fears of not being able to write all his knowledge on paper and his fears of death denying him fame and love. As with “Bright Star,” by the end of the poem he comes to terms with death.
Keats express that he had watched the star with “eternal lids apart” (Keats Line 3), and in the film, Brawne is being driven to a suicidal point after receiving a short letter from Keats expressing that “it’s all over” and give her a “knife” (Campion). The idea of “eternal lids” indicate that if he was to close his eyes that could end everything. Similarly, Brawne wanting to end her life because of the lack length of the letter gives the same theatrical approach. That even the mundane things, was watching stars or getting love letter the moment that stops can arrive a sense of lost in one’s self, further the theme of loneness. Also, in Keats poem, he wants to rather stay “awake for ever in a sweet unrest” (Keats Line 12).
Lord Alfred Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar considers the subject of death from the viewpoint of someone experiencing it themselves, and expressing that they hope those close to them can feel the sense of closure that they do. In Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night tackles the same subject from the viewpoint of someone watching their father die, and asking him to fight against death. The authors different viewpoints and opinions on the subject of death allow them to use similar literary elements in opposite ways. Tennyson uses figurative language in the form of darkness and night to depict the coming of death. “Twilight and evening bell / And after that the dark!” (Tennyson 9-10).
Significantly, in Part 4, Faulkner uses Homer Barron 's corpse rotting in a room filled with "invisible dry dust" as a symbol; Emily thought of Homer like a rose, one she expected to endure long after being picked, even after his body was corrupted by the decay of time. Hence, ‘A Rose for Emily’. Notably, Faulkner uses profound imagery to summon a decrepit atmosphere, as the theme is reiterated: accept it or not, change and decay are inevitable. This change Emily always refuses, as we have seen through her father’s death, in leaving the home untouched, and certainly through her murder of Homer to allow their relationship to continue. In this case, Emily attempts to freeze time The Theme of Change vs Decay in ‘A Rose for Emily’ by Faulkner by not acknowledging the death of her father and prospective abandonment by her suitor.
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. “Death be not proud” and “Because I could not stop
Typically, the message behind these objects revolve around the idea of mortality as well as the lack of value that goods contain in order to make the viewer think about how life is short (Tate 5). An example of a still life painting is Philippe de Champaigne’s Vanitas, in this piece a flower, skull, and hourglass are place in a row along a table each symbolising doom (Tate 5). The tulips represents a moment of glory due to it wilting away, the hourglass shows the passing of time due to it eventually counting down, and the skulls is the inevitability of death that comes for everyone (Lubbock 5). Overall, the piece is depicting the timeline of a person’s life as well as how short it is and how it should be valued because it is precious (Lubbock
For instance, Nightingale uses a metaphor to describe the moment Gale dies by calling it, “when her gallant spirit sped its way on its noiseless journey” (Nightingale). In this way Nightingale is making Gale’s death seem less harsh and final, claiming it is the beginning of a new adventure for the departed. Highlighting this idea is the way Nightingale goes on to state she “never saw a more beautiful expression in death”, which depicts Gale as blissful in death (Nightingale). Part of this may connect to the way Victorians had an “obsession with death”, or may be connected to Nightingale’s own relationship with Mrs Gale (Hunter, “Victorian Obsession”). While one cannot determine the extent of their relationship from this letter, Nightingale does seem to have mixed feelings towards Gale.
In the first stanza he discusses the glorifying act and mentality behind dying in war. In the first line “if I should die, think only this of me” Brook diminishes the sorrow of death, and creates a chivalrous vision upon the death of a soldier. This view point is highlighted through the use of “only”, which eliminates the range for contravening emotions. Then, he continues to describe that after the death of a soldier, behind enemy lines, their legacy, and the cause they are fighting for, will continue to live in the soil below their lifeless bodies. This is expressed in line two, “some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England.” Within the first two lines, Brook already creates an uplifting and nationalistic tone, eliminating the hopelessness originally associated with death.
Death is a common theme the written works of Emily Dickinson. Two of her poems which convey this are “Tell All the Truth But Tell it Slant” and “I died for Beauty - but was scarce”. “The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind --” this quote from the poem Tell All the Truth but Tell it Slant shows the idea that humanity can 't digest the truth all at once the truth must be told gradually otherwise people would want to deny it and would not accept the factual truth. “He questioned softly "Why I failed"? "For Beauty", I replied "And I — for Truth — Themself are One” this quote shows how a woman was buried next to a man she tells him she died for beauty and his response to this is that he died for truth he then goes on to explain