Emily Dickinson, Title 'critical Analysis Of 'because I Could Not Stop For Death''

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Emily Dickinson thoroughly explores every aspect of death in her poetry. She considers the physical, the psychological and the emotional aspects of this unknowable experience. She looks at death from the perspective of both the living and the dying, even imagining her own death. In 'I felt a Funeral, in my Brain' it is as though she is observing her death, and in 'I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -' she captures the very moment of death and reflects upon what it may be like in a very calming manner. Death is the one completely unknowable experience, which many people spend their life pondering about until the day they reach it, and Dickinson devotes much of her poetry to imagining its many ...view middle of the document...

However, I think that since this is an encounter with death, these lines take on an additional metaphorical meaning. First she sees a schoolyard, with children playing; then there are fields of grain, and lastly the setting sun. It seems that they represent the progression of life from youth, the children, to maturity, the ripe grain, to old age, sunset. The sunset is like the border between life and death. The anaphoric repetition of 'We passed' in lines three and four of this stanza emphasises that some boundary is being crossed. Also because we know that her company is Death and Immortality, we get a sense that the speaker is moving towards a place where progression of life and particularly time are not relevant - Eternity. The use of the word 'Gazing' to describe the grain could suggest that they are watching her intently as she passes knowing that a similar fate awaits them, which is another of Dickinson's strange images as grain in the literal sense cannot gaze.At the beginning of the next stanza, the rhythm changes. The first line of every other stanza is written in iambic tetrameter which has the effect of giving the poem a pleasant soothing, peaceful and regular rhythm. However, the first line of stanza four changes to a trimeter rhythmic style providing disruption to the poem. This could represent that another kind of change is taking place; that the speaker is moving away from life, as she knows it, into another plane of existence. The decision to change the act of passing the setting sun to 'Or rather - He passed us -' suggests that the world has left her i.e. the act is no longer in her control. However, the tone does not suggest that she is unhappy with this; she accepts that her life has changed and moved on, and she is left to continue in the hands of Immortality into another existence.The line 'The Dews drew quivering and chill' gives a sense of damp and cold and is the only suggestion of discomfort in the entire poem. The speaker goes into a lot of detail about the delicacy of her fabrics: 'For only Gossamer, my Gown - / My Tippet - only Tulle -'. The 'tulle' is emphasised through being separated by the dashes, so these lines could suggest that she, herself, is cold which could tie in with the notion of death where...

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