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

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Comment 58 of 438, added on January 27th, 2006 at 9:22 AM.

You kids really should do your own homework. As Emerson* would say, "Trust
thyself." Form your own opinions - think for yourselves! Don't let others
do it all for you, or else be doomed to mediocrity.

*Ralph Waldo Emerson

Christine from United States
Comment 57 of 438, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 10:32 PM.


KRIS from United States
Comment 56 of 438, added on January 9th, 2006 at 6:33 AM.

For an understanding of 'Because I could not stop for death. See 'Emily
Dickinson- an interpretive biography' by Thomas H Johnson. pp.223-224

David Brogan from United Kingdom
Comment 55 of 438, added on January 5th, 2006 at 5:48 PM.

i dont think this poem is dickinson's acceptance of death i think it is
that she is surrounded by so many deaths as her bio says in her later
years. sitting in the carriage with death shows how she is constantly near
death as she is seated next to him.
i think the house represents her own house since she lived in her fathers
house all her life. i think the ground swelling is all the coffins buried
in it and basically the house is deteriorating and falling since much of
her family and loved ones passed on.

Jessie Victoria from United States
Comment 54 of 438, added on December 15th, 2005 at 4:50 PM.

I think that the poem is awesome and really inspiring but I have a
questions to what the house might represent?

Jordin Hardy from United States
Comment 53 of 438, added on December 11th, 2005 at 5:59 AM.

Thank all of you !i am a student.my teacher gave me this poem as homework
.but at first i did not understand it ,after i read those comments i
understand.so thank you!

kathy from China
Comment 52 of 438, added on November 30th, 2005 at 9:12 PM.

Iam a sophmore in high school and we had to research a poet and one of
their poems, I choose Emily Dickinson and to my surprise she is awesome!! I
had chosen her just to get someone but found out acctually loving her
poetry. This piece in particular. i love it that she is willing to confront
death and tell it that shes not afraid, and she is willing to go. Sometimes
we arent ready and it comes unexpectedly like she says but she was sure
ready for it, and i take that to be truely inspring. We should always live
a day at a time so when death comes we wont be afraid but happy that we are
leaving to a much better world.

Diana from United States
Comment 51 of 438, added on November 30th, 2005 at 7:21 PM.

I found that this is one of the greatest poems in american history. Emily
Dickinson, portrayed death perfectly through a simple carriage ride.
Although she did not have time for death, death kindly stopped for her. For
someone of that time to think of that, is truly rare. Especially for a
woman nonetheless. She strung the imagery together flawlessly. it was as if
she was reminiscing the simple life, when she saw the school, young
innocent children striving, and going to recess. I believe that she was
traveling with death, and as she saw her life past by, but knew that there
was another in death, thus immortality and eternity.

kasumi from Japan
Comment 50 of 438, added on November 18th, 2005 at 7:21 AM.

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!

Esaaf from Ukraine
Comment 49 of 438, added on November 14th, 2005 at 9:21 AM.

After reading these nice commentaries I discovered alot of things in this
poem which I did not see.Thnx for everybody who passed his comments. Now I
can see that this poem one of the greatest poems of Emily Dickinson, I like
her ,her poems give other ideas about death.
Dickinson has a profound understanding of the human psyche and a rare
ability to communicate a sense of despair and depression.

Esaaf from Ukraine

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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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