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

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Comment 15 of 405, added on January 10th, 2005 at 5:18 PM.

"In another publication of the poem, the last line of the second to last
stanza is "It's cornice but a mound." Please check your source to ensure
accuracy! The poem is too beautiful to be mangled!"

the poem featured on this site is the correct original version, the
publication of the poem you refer to is an example of emily's editors
changing her poem's to make them more conventional, they would prefer
"ground" to rhyme with "mound" rather than have the repetition of "ground".

rob lowe
Comment 14 of 405, added on December 15th, 2004 at 12:41 PM.

In another publication of the poem, the last line of the second to last
stanza is "It's cornice but a mound." Please check your source to ensure
accuracy! The poem is too beautiful to be mangled!

rusty from United States
Comment 13 of 405, added on December 11th, 2004 at 9:58 PM.

I don't believe I could have been given a better poem to write on.
Personification of death and immortality. The break in structure in stanza
four that signals realized death. The imagery and symbolism of it.
Wonderous death and eternity.

Melissa from United States
Comment 12 of 405, added on December 10th, 2004 at 3:35 PM.

the poem shows the poetess tendency to escape society and choose her own
world.It scattered,fragmented and punctuated by dashes which indicate a
skeptical mentality.She uses what we call a poetic shock by depending on
paradoxical relationship like metaphysical and physical
Hamlet from Syria

saeed from Lebanon
Comment 11 of 405, added on December 6th, 2004 at 10:22 AM.

This poem is AWESOME! Please send it to me.

Comment 10 of 405, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 10:04 PM.

i think this has to be my most favorite poem of all ive ever read.. the
symbolism is just so beautiful in my mind.. it is a truly beautiful poem.

Kate from United States
Comment 9 of 405, added on November 21st, 2004 at 2:35 PM.

In my 10th Grade English class, we are all doing "Poet Presentations," and
we all had to pick a poet from a list and now we have to research them and
present them for an entire class period (80 minutes). I was one of the
last to pick, and all my first choices were gone, so I chose Dickinson. At
first I thought her poems were creepy, but when I really started to delve
into them, I realized how awesome her poems are! I like the Riddle Poems,
too (the ones you have to figure out the subject of). I am really enjoying
reading through and picking poems. Some of my favorites are:
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
I heard a Fly Buzz When I Died
Because I could not stop for Death
The riddle we can guess
"Arcturus" is his other name
Surgeons must be very careful
Good luck to anyone who has an English project on Emily Dickinson, and I
hope you enjoy her poetry as much as I have!

Derek from United States
Comment 8 of 405, added on November 21st, 2004 at 5:37 AM.

It is creepy.She describes death in a way that moves you and sends chills
down your spine, yet it is written in a cool, calm and collected manner.
Fantastically written, just creepy. I would be terrfied of riding in
carriages now

Christianne from Australia
Comment 7 of 405, added on November 18th, 2004 at 8:31 PM.

I loved the description of death and the realization of its impending doom
on us all. The barely visible house/headstone. Such imagry.

Meredith from United States
Comment 6 of 405, added on November 17th, 2004 at 10:37 PM.

This is a beautiful poem! While reading it I can just see a carriage with
death and Emily and her immortality riding acroos the sky--passing her
childhood,adulthood,old age, It is getting dark and chills her this is
death-- the house is a grave with the roof barely visible--been centries
since she died only feels like a day --since she surmised the carriage and
horses' head was going to ETERNITY!

Cindy from United States

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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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