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

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Comment 61 of 451, 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 451, 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 451, 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 451, 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 451, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 10:32 PM.


KRIS from United States
Comment 56 of 451, 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 451, 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 451, 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 451, 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 451, 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

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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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