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

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Comment 11 of 401, added on December 6th, 2004 at 10:22 AM.

This poem is AWESOME! Please send it to me.

Comment 10 of 401, 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 401, 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 401, 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 401, 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 401, 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
Comment 5 of 401, added on November 4th, 2004 at 10:22 PM.

I had to memorize this poem 5 years ago my junior year of high school and
it has always stuck with me. How vividly Dickison describes deaths journey
is amazing

Julliana from United States
Comment 4 of 401, added on September 23rd, 2004 at 7:29 PM.

I first read this poem not realizign who it was by. it was excellent and i
decided to use it for an assignment in my Eng class. trying to analyze the
last line was horrible. but thanks to the earier comment i understand it
and i feel good about the way i analyzed the rest of the poem.

Comment 3 of 401, added on September 16th, 2004 at 4:40 PM.

I really enjoyed in this poem that death is a journey as well.

Comment 2 of 401, added on September 9th, 2004 at 10:34 AM.

When I read this poem intitially, I thought that the scenes of Emily's
"Children strove at Recess", " Fields of Gazing Grain", and " Setting Sun"
could be her reflections on these times in her life as she is experiencing
Death as a companion in a "Carriage held but just Ourselves--And
Immortality." In actuallity, I see how they can be references to periods of
her life as in childhood, middle age and elder maturity. It appears that
the destination was the grave yard but then after deliberating, ther is a
implication to heaven when she says "the Horses' Heads Were toward

Glynda C. Wishnevsky

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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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