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

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Comment 74 of 454, 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 454, 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 454, 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 454, 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 454, 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
Comment 69 of 454, added on June 10th, 2007 at 3:28 PM.

personally i extremely love this poem as it gives me an insight into
Dickinson's perception of 'Death'. Death in this sense is commenced in such
a matter of fact way especially when the subject matter is so grim. 'Death'
is personified as a kind gentleman which is evident when stated 'He' and he
has 'kindly stopped' for the speaker. He and the speaker are moving in a
'carriage' slowly driving which emphasizes the tranquility of the whole
process and she puts away her leisure and her labor just for his civility
the leisure and labor could be her preoccupations of day to day life. They
pass the 'School', the 'Recess' and the Gazing Grain'. The Gazing Grain
emphasizes the nature embodied which she passes. These things have no
importance to the speaker due to her state.Stanza four however shows
reality hitting her when she mention Or rather-He passed Us-. She is
becoming even more dead as she is 'quivering' and her clothes consist of a
flimsy material 'Gossamer' 'Gown'. She is getting closer to finding out
what lays ahead. Is their such thing as paradise? she feels happy with her
exchange of life for death's 'civility'. She reaches her grave and the the
'roof is scarcely visible' which emphasizes that once the 'Dead' pass away
they are forgotten as they are not visible. This may be the reason that the
setting sun passes her. This whole journey returns to the start as the
'horses head' links with the 'carriage', which remains in a mystery! making
the ending rather ambiguous

Dickinson's consistently uses eccentric use of capitals and concrete
imagery to convey her feelings of death but she remains ambivalent in her
poetry. Therefore we must fill in the gaps in order to make sense of what
she is saying .

That is my interpretation of Dickinson's poem i hope it helps...:D

Pinklover from United Kingdom
Comment 68 of 454, added on February 6th, 2007 at 5:20 PM.

if she were alive and i'd fall for this woman..great poetry

Omar Barraza from United States
Comment 67 of 454, added on December 11th, 2006 at 1:24 AM.

one of my favorite poets,emily dickension and her poem,"Because i could not
stop for death" has a tremendious effect on me and my feelings.after
reading this poem everybody can feel that death,the taboo of human
beings,is travelling with us.
here, in the poem death has been personified and it is presented as the
begining of the eternity.the speaker in the poem is trying to represent the
whole life;the children playing in the school suggests the childhood' the
grain suggest the adult,and finally the setting sun suggest the old age of
the human being.And in the last stanza which is in meditative mode of
expression is most important in this poem where we can find the theme of
the poem;human life is only the waiting for eternity which is started with
the death of somebody.

nirajan pokhrel from Nepal
Comment 66 of 454, added on April 18th, 2006 at 1:28 PM.

Rereading Dickinson's poems about DEATH showed me that death in all her
poems is related to immortality.In death she does not see the end of life
;however she see the begining of iternity. In this poem she shows her wide
imagination, and her cleverness to personified Death as a suitor, I liked
that sooooo soo much!

Cloressa Hayes from United States
Comment 65 of 454, added on April 17th, 2006 at 5:32 PM.

I chose this poem because I really enjoyed it. I thought the poem was
about Emily knowing that she would die soon so she writes about what the
trip might be like. Heading toward eternity.............

Sophia Rothman age 11 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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