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Comment 79 of 399, 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 399, 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 399, 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 399, 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 399, 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 399, 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 399, 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
Comment 72 of 399, added on February 5th, 2008 at 11:09 AM.

she shows that she is dying... but she is dying alone. But she is taking a
last glims of what life is, and what is going to be left behind

Carla from United States
Comment 71 of 399, added on December 9th, 2007 at 9:25 PM.

This poem is very ingenious. It's very obvious of Emily's fascination with
death and immortality, the surreal quality of lays unknown. This, I think,
shows the true artistry of her writing, her ability to put down her
opinions on things that really pull her curiousity, especially since most
poets of her time never dared to write about death. Also, I think its very
interesting how she poses death in a very uplifting, positive way, rather
than the troubled and disturbed tragedy like most writers. Emily is very
unique, creative, and very expressive. A definite role model towards those
who likes to write.

Kelly from United States
Comment 70 of 399, added on December 3rd, 2007 at 11:42 AM.

I like this poem because she knew she was dying soon she was getting ready
for it but wanted to stop but she could not

Marisela Torres

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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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