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

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Comment 65 of 445, 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
Comment 64 of 445, added on April 13th, 2006 at 8:01 AM.

emily writes this because she knows shes near death she died of heatache

nathan from Germany
Comment 63 of 445, added on March 30th, 2006 at 4:24 AM.

i'm french student in english literature. i have to analyse this poem, find
how mode is chosen (i thought descriptive, is there another mode present
here,like lyrical mode?), what imagery and how ?(function and importance of
the imageries, relation of images to the author's mind, predominant sense
impressions, metaphore? allegory?etc), the characterization (maybe
personification of the death by "he"), link with Dickinson's life ?, the
tone, versification ?
So if you can help me for my commentary, thank !!! (i have to give my paper
and to present my work tomorrow !!!) please before this evening, help me!

charlotte from France
Comment 62 of 445, added on March 25th, 2006 at 3:35 PM.

I really like this poem because it tells how the person riding in the
carriage is going to the life of eternity. She passes through schools and
fields and then the setting sun... This is a really good poem. this is one
of my best poem of Emily Dickinson's collection.

Jew Her from United States
Comment 61 of 445, added on March 15th, 2006 at 7:11 PM.

I LOVE, E.D. & especially this poem. I rediscovered it this past Oct when
my mother passed away. I needed comfort to ease my pain, and found it in
E.D.'s writings. Although she (Mom) did not want to leave us "because I
could not stop for death", she had a new great grandaughter on the way,
grandchildren to see grow up, graduate from high school, get married, have
children. Yet, she could not stay "..death kindly stopped for her".. - she
went quickly & did not suffer unduly (a blessing). We are all like this:
too busy to be concerned about death in our daily lives - this is
especially true of the young - teens, yet, when it comes we have to stop
there is no choice; board the carriage that will carry us to eternity
whatever that may be. Most of the time we feel we are immortal - we will
live forever; death is a long way off. Because E.D. did not speak of
saddness in the poem, I think her eternity was heaven (she was from
religious background). When one is faced with dying, one looks back over
the life lived if we have the time we see the especially happy times of our
lives. "..children in the school yard.." carefree & innocent. "..fields of
gazing grain.." adulthood being lived to the fullest; ripened. What have
you done or given to ensure that one is not forgotten - your immortality?
E.D. gave us her work & insight that is so profound for a woman of her
time. Others of us: it may be children, contributions to community, work,
whatever. A beautiful poem to lessen pain & sorrow of loss at the time it
happens & in the future.

Wanda from United States
Comment 60 of 445, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 10:38 AM.

very nice poem i really like it. someday i want to be able to write poems
like u ,u do a very good job.

amanda ostendorf from Japan
Comment 59 of 445, added on February 2nd, 2006 at 10:19 AM.

But if we attempt to define them ourselves, the true meaning of the poem
could become one that Emily herself did not intend on. It's best to discuss
these things with others. To find the true meaning. Otherwise, we'll have
rendered the poem meaningless. I'd like to know these true meanings because
I am a realist. I do not care for others' opinions so long as they're
untrue. I want the facts! Now give them to me!

Lisa from United States
Comment 58 of 445, 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 445, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 10:32 PM.


KRIS from United States
Comment 56 of 445, 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

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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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