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

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Comment 46 of 186, added on October 16th, 2005 at 6:54 PM.

On "Because I could not stop for death" (712) is defintely a beautiful
written poem. Though it is an experience with death, the imagery and the
way, in which, Dicksinson describes this death experience is absolutly
thought evoking. "Because I could not stop for Death-- he kindly stopped
for me-- forces one into a reality check. When one's life clock runs out,
there is no turning back. Hence, death is inevitable. Ironically, Dickison
states in line two, He (death)"kiindly" stopped for me--. In most people
psyche, death is veiwed as dark and inherently evil; however, Dickison's
usage of "kindly" suggests that death is is not necessarily a bad thing.
She proves this in lines 9-12 in a stream of consciousness form, revealing
her past experinces while alive. "We passed school where children stove, At
Recess--in the ring--We passed the fields of Grazing Grain--We passed the
setting sun." Though wiered as this experience with death may seem, death
and Emily are apparently having a romantic gathering in the spiritual
world. Overall, the major theme of this poem is death, however, by
Dickinson stating, "Because I could not stop death" reveals that at one's
appointed time, it is defintely inevitable that the sting of death cannot
be stopped.
Thank You!!!

Joel Floyd @ FAMU -English Major from United States
Comment 45 of 186, added on October 14th, 2005 at 11:37 PM.

Emily Dickinson does not has any fear toward death. She exposes in her
writing that it is a natural process, where maybe in the last hours or
minutes of our lives we started thinking about basic experiences that
everybody have passed by. In the first stanza she since to be struggling
with the time. I mean, she is comparing the carriage with life in a sense
of slowliness. We drive our carriage as fast as we want to. At the third
stanza she compares school, recess and children with The Fields and a
sunset. Obviously, that a huge difference. A place that you find noise,
people laughing VS a place that is quiet and you might only heard the wind.
The school might represent our young lives, the fields our passing through
life and the sunset our oldness. Finally for centuries the horse has
represent an animal of great value and I think she compares us with this
kind, noble animal that with his head looking foward life as we should do,
until our death kindly stopped for us., In a complete sense of Inmortality
and Etermity.

Janet Franco from United States
Comment 44 of 186, added on October 11th, 2005 at 11:28 AM.

This poem is all about death anyone that doesnt understand it well here u

Rick from United States
Comment 43 of 186, added on September 27th, 2005 at 9:28 AM.

Dickinson personifies Death and forms a relationship with it. I believe
that she is in the process of Death. She is looking back on her life, as
shown in the third, fourth, and fifth stanzas. This obviously isnít a
personal experience, as she speaks of a tulle dress (wedding gown). I think
that she is accepting death for what it is: an inevitability. She is
looking forward to dying, because she is looking forward toward eternity in

Tony from United States
Comment 42 of 186, added on September 12th, 2005 at 11:08 AM.

I was given this poem for an writing assingment in class in my college Eng.
class, but I remember reading it before. However, I forgot what the poem
was about and now that I have read the comments, I am happy to say, I
understood it the first time I read it again 10 yrs later.

E. Loza from United States
Comment 41 of 186, added on August 31st, 2005 at 8:49 AM.

The image of the tippet only being made of tulle Ė evokes the shawls the
dead were buried in ancient times

sheryl from United States
Comment 40 of 186, added on July 16th, 2005 at 11:02 PM.

Emily's peom are amazing. Even if you think youyr life is so wonderful,
death will still come. It come to everyone in the same manner. No one
truely beats death when it is truely time.

Phy from United States
Comment 39 of 186, added on June 30th, 2005 at 4:44 PM.

It is so amazing to read all these comments. I have to write a paper about
it, but it is so difficult, because this poem casts a shadow on death, love
and life. The difficult thing is to find the right way to look at the
shadows, because when you stand in front of the light, one will only see
his own shadow, instead of the one from the poem. It is strange to read the
poem, because she uses clear words,but the construction of the words are
making it a little complicated. The more you read it, and the more you
think of it, the more you get lost between all these different things in
life that she is mentioning so intensly and yet she is able to leave it
behind and take distance. ( the break between the 3rd and the 4th stanza).
I love this poem because it is the way it is, and because one can reread
it, no matter how old he is, what he experienced or how many times he has
already read it. E.D. is a genius!!!!

Liz from Switzerland
Comment 38 of 186, added on June 28th, 2005 at 8:08 PM.

Because I could not stop for death is saying that overall death is out of
our hands. Its saying that death is inevitable and its eternal.

Kaci from United States
Comment 37 of 186, added on June 24th, 2005 at 11:14 PM.

Marcos I feel what they mean by those words "immortality and eternity" is
that death itself will never die and it will always be your
destiny.Eterenity will be a place your soul will rest forever and the
Horses heads were heading to heaven. But I could be wrong.

Alex M. from United States

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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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