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Analysis and comments on Because I could not stop for Death -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 82 of 212, added on January 27th, 2009 at 1:15 PM.

i think she lead a long life and death came late for her and she is in the
after life death is just a course


dalton woods from United States
Comment 81 of 212, added on December 15th, 2008 at 1:49 PM.

this poem subjigates that death is an ellusive yet subtle being. It shows
that no matter what you think about life and how busy you are, death is
never to busy to stop for you

Tanner Hamilton from United States
Comment 80 of 212, added on December 2nd, 2008 at 10:33 AM.

is the over usage of the S-sound in the third stanza intentional? if so,
what does it mean?

Christian from Sweden
Comment 79 of 212, added on November 13th, 2008 at 9:39 AM.

Emily Dickinson was a complete genius. i love all of her work. This poem is
a great one and it really has emotion in it. Amazingly well done. she is an
inspiration.

shelby from United States
Comment 78 of 212, added on October 23rd, 2008 at 10:37 AM.

I understand this poem. to bad she died so young!! She knew she was dying
and was ready for it whenever it happened.

Ashley from United States
Comment 77 of 212, added on October 15th, 2008 at 12:29 PM.

I think that this woman faced some really hard times and being that she
didnt get out very much poetry was one way she could express herself.

Kwintin from United States
Comment 76 of 212, added on October 2nd, 2008 at 1:18 AM.

I just have something small, maybe off-the-wall to point out, but when you
look at the poem as a whole, she uses words such as "Carriage" "Ourselves"
"Civility" "Grain" "Gazing" "Centuries"...etc. with rounded letters: O's,
C's, G's...maybe to emphasize on the "Setting Sun." Maybe for a oxymoron of
a sunrise (life) and sunset (death)...just something a little out there
that one can think about even before reading this great poem. (and
personally, poetry is not my cup of tea, but I really do appreciate this
poem, it just has so many elements to it!)

Angie from United States
Comment 75 of 212, added on June 23rd, 2008 at 2:15 PM.

i believe this poem is about her last minute on earth in a carrige to the
underworld.

natalie from United States
Comment 74 of 212, added on April 18th, 2008 at 4:11 AM.

A carriage or a bus or a train picks up passengers at designated stops.
Death is a vehicle which picks you up wherever you are. You do not wait
for it, because you do not want to take it. But then you have no option.
Death will definitely stop for you. He does not have to hurry or be harsh.
You are destined to be his passenger, however unwilling you may be. The
speaker in the poem accepts her situation with the same kind of equanimity
realizing that it is inevitable.

Ram from India
Comment 73 of 212, added on April 5th, 2008 at 3:39 AM.

Emily Dickinson is really a great poet,though many of her poems are indeed
obscure!I have to give a presentation two weeks later,and luckily,i found
this website,thanks for all the comments here!U make me understand this
great poet better.I think i will do it better!What kind of lady can write
such fantastic poems!They are really amazing!

Flora from China

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Information about Because I could not stop for Death --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 712. Because I could not stop for Death --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 10 2002


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