“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.
Analyzing Symbolism in Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Wraith” Edna St. Vincent Millay’s short poem, “Wraith,” is exploring the realization of coming closer to death. Through symbolism, the poem suggests the rain is the wraith of death creeping upon the narrator, as well as suggests that her house stands for her body. Throughout the poem, the narrator explores her uncertainty with coming to the end of life, and finally passing on in the last verse. Starting with the title, “Wraith,” the readers will find context from the poem when defining the word. As defined by Oxford Dictionary, wraith is a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.
Death is inevitable. For some, obsessing over not knowing when and where it might occur can often drive them to insanity. However, for others, it is simply a transition into a more perfect eternal life. John Keats and Henry Longfellow portray the concept of dying in two distinct perspectives in their poems “When I Have Fears” and “Mezzo Cammin.” Despite differing viewpoints, they use techniques such as verse, verse form and language to portray the same theme: Death will occur at an unknown time and how a person chooses to cope will impact the rest of one’s life.
One of these beliefs, the linear belief, is that there is a reward punishment system that is associated with our actions during our lives. This is the Heaven or Hell belief system. The other system commonly believed is the cyclical; this belief system believes that our soul is reincarnated after we die. Dante’s Divine Comedy describes a linear belief system. The first part of the poem, Inferno, is his journey through
Shadows of Death In the story, Peyton Farquhar dies, but as a reader, we do not learn this fact until the very end. Ambrose Bierce hides this fact until the end by providing an adventure through the mind of a dying Peyton Farquhar. Along the incredible journey of “escape”, Bierce alludes to the inevitable end to which the reader is captured by the idea that Peyton Farquhar could actually get away. The short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” has several literary techniques that capture the reader’s attention.
The title refers to an hour that passes during the period when the protagonist, Mrs. Louise Mallard gets information that her husband is dead and the time when she finds that he is alive. When the story was first published, it generated a lot of controversy due to the subject matter (Chopin and Chopin). .1.2. Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” First published in The San Francisco Examiner during 1890, the short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” or “A dead man’s dream”, was written by Ambrose Bierce.
In Our Town Emily, adventurous and curious, wants to leave and see the stars as an astronaut. However, things don’t always go as planned as she becomes a farm mom and dies young. My final quote comes from the poem Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters. It says, “At ninety-six I had had enough.” (Matlock, line 16).The verse shows that she had lived the life she was ready to depart on her next adventure.
Everyone leads different lifesytles and varying experiences, but no matter how diffrering a humans life is, it all ends with death. The essay “The Death of The Moth” was published posthumously in 1942, a year after Virginia Woolf lost a battle with depression and mental illness, and at age 59 committed suicide. Virginia Woolf 's "The Death of the Moth" shows the audience the power of death through a short narration about everyday, yet very symbolic moth. Woolf uses her own experience of watching a moth die to apply it to a larger theme. Woolf connects a simple moths lifespan to paint a gorgeous picture of “life” and then destroys it right in front of the audience 's eyes, to leave a lasting impression of Woolf 's perception of life and death.
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.
Allen Curnow’s ‘Time’ and Emily Dickinson’s ‘Because I Could Not Stop For Death’ show the similar themes of the passing of time and its implications. The two poems both discuss events that occur throughout an average life (childhood, work, marriage and death are some examples), however, there is a stark contrast between the finality of ‘Because I Could Not Stop For Death’ and the mundaneness of ‘Time’. The poem ‘Time’ is a tribute to the passing of time and how much humans have grown to obsess over it. The poem is an extended metaphor, using the repetition of “I am” to instigate that the voice is Time itself.
The theme of the novel Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury can be seen as the inevitability of being acted upon by the circle of life. This theme can be seen in the line, “The sunlight outside the theater blazed down upon unreal street, unreal buildings, and people moving slowly as if under a bright and heavy ocean of pure burning gas and him thinking that now, now at last he must go home and finish out the final line in his nickel tablet: SOME DAY, I, DOUGLAS SPAULDING, MUST DIE….” (Pages 189-190). This line represents the central theme and is central to the book as it shows how Douglas has come to realize that the circle of life of that being alive leads to death and change. This line also shows how Douglas has thought deeply about this realization and noticed that the circle of life cannot be changed even if you try to reach for immortality or preserve the present times to avoid change.
In the story Hemingway uses the two sides of the railroad to represent how life would be if the couple choses abortion or if they didn’t. He also uses the railroad to show the two different sides of the couple. The “trees, fields, river, and grain” on one side of the tracks represents the choice of life, keeping the baby. This side shows a sign of life and what it would be like if they chose to keep the baby.
“Do Not” and less obviously “Because” both use the onset of night or the setting sun to symbolize death. “Do Not” also uses the “light” to represent life and bright symbols like meteors, lightning and the act of Catching the Sun are used to tell of its intensity. Meanwhile Emily Dickinson represents the grave with a house described as “a swelling of the ground.” The carriage in the poem is akin to something similar to the ferry that takes souls across the river Styx and the journey in said carriage can be interpreted as being a metaphor for the journey between the cradle and the grave. The carriage goes past “The school, where children strove.”
In her poem, #465, Emily Dickinson’s speaker allows the reader to experience an ironic reversal of conventional expectation of the moment of death in the mid-1800s, as the speaker finds nothing but an eerie darkness at the end of her life. Although the author’s speaker reflects upon her life from beyond the grave, she remembers her final moments in the still room and suggests death is not as grandiose as anticipated. In fact, the speaker recalls the room, “like the Stillness in the Air — / Between the Heaves of Storm” (3-4). Here, the speaker compares the aura of the room in which she is dying to the calmness before a large storm.
Disillusioned at the moment of death, the speaker in Emily Dickinson’s poem #465, plummets from her majestic spiritual expectations into the lowly position of simply being a carcass. Distracted by the anticipation of an impending ethereal experience, the speaker fails to recognize the significance of the fly at the moment of her death. Dickinson’s preliminary placement of the fly, “I heard a Fly buzz — when I died” in the beginning sentence offers a form of foreshadowing as well as emphasizes it’s roll (1). The speaker is encompassed by the ideas of her spiritual expectations and is waiting, “between the Heaves of Storm” for a heavenly excursion (4). However, the sound of the fly, an animal devoted to consuming the dead, brings reality to the audience that the speaker is simply a carcass waiting to be devoured.