Because I could not stop for Death —
He kindly stopped for me —
The Carriage held but just Ourselves —
And Immortality.

We slowly drove — He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility —

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess — in the Ring —
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain —
We passed the Setting Sun —

Or rather — He passed Us —
The Dews drew quivering and chill —
For only Gossamer, my Gown —
My Tippet — only Tulle —

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground —
The Roof was scarcely visible —
The Cornice — in the Ground —

Since then — ’tis Centuries — and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Because I could not stop for Death —


  1. John Townsend says:

    The line “Or rather – He passed us –” is a little jarring. It marks a sudden shift in mood. Indeed, it is the defining pivotal element of the poem. Before, things were rather casual, reflective, full of light, and somewhat pleasant. But then suddenly it´s shudderingly chill and dark. Even time is turned on its head it seems, and there´s a feeling of floating away from earthly underpinnings into a weird time-warped realm where immortality morphs into eternity. A most remarkable poem indeed!

  2. kaushal ghimire says:

    this poem shows that death is not the worst thing in our life and that he is very well mannered and comes when one longs for it the most, the poet certainly longed for her death and she thanked him for showing his civility and as a gesture of thanks he compromised her leisure and labor!!

  3. Paul says:

    Perhaps the poems meter can be taken as the rythmical,steady rotation of the hearst’s wheels or even the eternal ticking of life’s clock? All life works in cycles. The enivitablity of death resonates throughout the poem. Life is a procession. This poem reminds us of the final lonely journey that awaits us all.

  4. Gem says:

    This poem reminds us to be prepared for death.Although talking about death would be scary for those who have no contentment in his/her life. But the poet presents this masterpiece of how to treasure everything, her passion for death would only mean that she valued life(Immortality. She’s a great poet that she able to present the poem expressively.She’s really a great poet indeed!

  5. natalie says:

    i believe this poem is about her last minute on earth in a carrige to the underworld.

  6. Ram says:

    A carriage or a bus or a train picks up passengers at designated stops. Death is a vehicle which picks you up wherever you are. You do not wait for it, because you do not want to take it. But then you have no option. Death will definitely stop for you. He does not have to hurry or be harsh. You are destined to be his passenger, however unwilling you may be. The speaker in the poem accepts her situation with the same kind of equanimity realizing that it is inevitable.

  7. Flora says:

    Emily Dickinson is really a great poet,though many of her poems are indeed obscure!I have to give a presentation two weeks later,and luckily,i found this website,thanks for all the comments here!U make me understand this great poet better.I think i will do it better!What kind of lady can write such fantastic poems!They are really amazing!

  8. Carla says:

    she shows that she is dying… but she is dying alone. But she is taking a last glims of what life is, and what is going to be left behind

  9. Kelly says:

    This poem is very ingenious. It’s very obvious of Emily’s fascination with death and immortality, the surreal quality of lays unknown. This, I think, shows the true artistry of her writing, her ability to put down her opinions on things that really pull her curiousity, especially since most poets of her time never dared to write about death. Also, I think its very interesting how she poses death in a very uplifting, positive way, rather than the troubled and disturbed tragedy like most writers. Emily is very unique, creative, and very expressive. A definite role model towards those who likes to write.

  10. Marisela Torres says:

    I like this poem because she knew she was dying soon she was getting ready for it but wanted to stop but she could not

  11. Pinklover says:

    personally i extremely love this poem as it gives me an insight into Dickinson’s perception of ‘Death’. Death in this sense is commenced in such a matter of fact way especially when the subject matter is so grim. ‘Death’ is personified as a kind gentleman which is evident when stated ‘He’ and he has ‘kindly stopped’ for the speaker. He and the speaker are moving in a ‘carriage’ slowly driving which emphasizes the tranquility of the whole process and she puts away her leisure and her labor just for his civility the leisure and labor could be her preoccupations of day to day life. They pass the ‘School’, the ‘Recess’ and the Gazing Grain’. The Gazing Grain emphasizes the nature embodied which she passes. These things have no importance to the speaker due to her state.Stanza four however shows reality hitting her when she mention Or rather-He passed Us-. She is becoming even more dead as she is ‘quivering’ and her clothes consist of a flimsy material ‘Gossamer’ ‘Gown’. She is getting closer to finding out what lays ahead. Is their such thing as paradise? she feels happy with her exchange of life for death’s ‘civility’. She reaches her grave and the the ‘roof is scarcely visible’ which emphasizes that once the ‘Dead’ pass away they are forgotten as they are not visible. This may be the reason that the setting sun passes her. This whole journey returns to the start as the ‘horses head’ links with the ‘carriage’, which remains in a mystery! making the ending rather ambiguous

    Dickinson’s consistently uses eccentric use of capitals and concrete imagery to convey her feelings of death but she remains ambivalent in her poetry. Therefore we must fill in the gaps in order to make sense of what she is saying .

    That is my interpretation of Dickinson’s poem i hope it helps…:D

  12. Omar Barraza says:

    if she were alive and i’d fall for this woman..great poetry

  13. nirajan pokhrel says:

    one of my favorite poets,emily dickension and her poem,”Because i could not stop for death” has a tremendious effect on me and my feelings.after reading this poem everybody can feel that death,the taboo of human beings,is travelling with us.
    here, in the poem death has been personified and it is presented as the begining of the eternity.the speaker in the poem is trying to represent the whole life;the children playing in the school suggests the childhood’ the grain suggest the adult,and finally the setting sun suggest the old age of the human being.And in the last stanza which is in meditative mode of expression is most important in this poem where we can find the theme of the poem;human life is only the waiting for eternity which is started with the death of somebody.

  14. Cloressa Hayes says:

    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!

  15. Sophia Rothman age 11 says:

    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………….

  16. nathan says:

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

  17. charlotte says:

    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!

  18. Jew Her says:

    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.

  19. Wanda says:

    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.

  20. amanda ostendorf says:

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

  21. Lisa says:

    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!

  22. KRIS says:


  23. David Brogan says:

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

  24. Jessie Victoria says:

    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.

  25. Jordin Hardy says:

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

  26. Diana says:

    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.

  27. kasumi says:

    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.

  28. Esaaf says:

    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!

  29. Esaaf says:

    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.

  30. Min Yee says:


    One of the perfect poems in English is “Because I could not stop for death,” and it exemplifies better than anything else [Emily Dickinson] wrote the special quality of her mind. . . . If the word great means anything in poetry, this poem is one of the greatest in the English language; it is flawless to the last detail. The rhythm charges with movement the pattern of suspended action back of the poem. Every image is precise and, moreover, not merely beautiful, but inextricably fused with the central idea. Every image extends and intensifies every other. The third stanza especially shows Miss Dickinson’s power to fuse, into a single order of perception, a heterogeneous series: the children, the grain, and the setting sun (time) have the same degree of credibility; the first subtly preparing for the last. The sharp gazing before grain instills into nature a kind of cold vitality of which the qualitative richness has infinite depth. The content of death in the poem eludes forever any explicit definition. He is a gentleman taking a lady out for a drive. But note the restraint that keeps the poet from carrying this so far that it is ludicrous and incredible; and note the subtly interfused erotic motive, which the idea of death has presented to every romantic poet, love being a symbol interchangeable with death. The terror of death is objectified through this figure of the genteel driver, who is made ironically to serve the end of Immortality. This is the heart of the poem: she has presented a typical Christian theme in all its final irresolution, without making any final statement about it. There is no solution to the problem; there can be only a statement of it in the full context of intellect and feeling. A construction of the human will, elaborated with all the abstracting powers of the mind, is put to the concrete test of experience: the idea of immortality is confronted with the fact of physical disintegration. We are not told what to think; we are told to look at the situation.

    The framework of the poem is, in fact, the two abstractions, mortality and eternity, which are made to associate in perfect equality with the images: she sees the ideas. and thinks the perceptions. She did, of course, nothing of the sort; but we must use the logical distinctions, even to the extent of paradox. if we are to form any notion of this rare quality of mind. She could not in the proper sense think at all, and unless we prefer the feeble poetry of moral ideas that flourished in New England in the eighties, we must conclude that her intellectual deficiency contributed at least negatively to her great distinction. Miss Dickinson is probably the only Anglo-American poet of her century whose work exhibits the perfect literary situation— in which is possible the fusion of sensibility and thought. Unlike her contemporaries, she never succumbed to her ideas, to easy solutions, to her private desires.

    . . . No poet could have invented the elements of “Because I could not stop for death”; only a great poet could have used them so perfectly. Miss Dickinson was a deep mind writing from a deep culture, and when she came to poetry, she came infallibly.

    Infallibly, at her best; for no poet has ever been perfect, nor is Emily Dickinson. Her unsurpassed precision of statement is due to the directness with which the abstract framework of her thought acts upon its unorganized material. The two elements of her style, considered as point of view, are immortality, or the idea of permanence, and the physical process of death or decay. Her diction has two corresponding features: words of Latin or Greek origin and, sharply opposed to these, the concrete Saxon element. It is this verbal conflict that gives to her verse its high tension; it is not a device deliberately seized upon, but a feeling for language that senses out the two fundamental components of English and their metaphysical relation: the Latin for ideas and the Saxon for perceptions—the peculiar virtue of English as a poetic tongue. Only the great poets know how to use this advantage of our language.

  31. Student says:

    I have to analyze this poem and was having trouble getting started and figuring out all the symbolism, but reading through everyone’s comments has helped me greatly. I realized that her views on death aren’t grim and that although death is inevitable for everyone, there is a way to somewhat welcome it and not fear it. Dickinson has done an amazing job in writing this poem and many have done an amazing job taking it apart bit by bit and finding the significance of everything. Thank you all for posting!

  32. Joel Floyd @ FAMU -English Major says:

    On “Because I could not stop for death” (712) is defintely a beautiful written poem. Though it is an experience with death, the imagery and the way, in which, Dicksinson describes this death experience is absolutly thought evoking. “Because I could not stop for Death– he kindly stopped for me– forces one into a reality check. When one’s life clock runs out, there is no turning back. Hence, death is inevitable. Ironically, Dickison states in line two, He (death)”kiindly” stopped for me–. In most people psyche, death is veiwed as dark and inherently evil; however, Dickison’s usage of “kindly” suggests that death is is not necessarily a bad thing. She proves this in lines 9-12 in a stream of consciousness form, revealing her past experinces while alive. “We passed school where children stove, At Recess–in the ring–We passed the fields of Grazing Grain–We passed the setting sun.” Though wiered as this experience with death may seem, death and Emily are apparently having a romantic gathering in the spiritual world. Overall, the major theme of this poem is death, however, by Dickinson stating, “Because I could not stop death” reveals that at one’s appointed time, it is defintely inevitable that the sting of death cannot be stopped.
    Thank You!!!

  33. Janet Franco says:

    Emily Dickinson does not has any fear toward death. She exposes in her writing that it is a natural process, where maybe in the last hours or minutes of our lives we started thinking about basic experiences that everybody have passed by. In the first stanza she since to be struggling with the time. I mean, she is comparing the carriage with life in a sense of slowliness. We drive our carriage as fast as we want to. At the third stanza she compares school, recess and children with The Fields and a sunset. Obviously, that a huge difference. A place that you find noise, people laughing VS a place that is quiet and you might only heard the wind. The school might represent our young lives, the fields our passing through life and the sunset our oldness. Finally for centuries the horse has represent an animal of great value and I think she compares us with this kind, noble animal that with his head looking foward life as we should do, until our death kindly stopped for us., In a complete sense of Inmortality and Etermity.

  34. Rick says:

    This poem is all about death anyone that doesnt understand it well here u go.

  35. Tony says:

    Dickinson personifies Death and forms a relationship with it. I believe that she is in the process of Death. She is looking back on her life, as shown in the third, fourth, and fifth stanzas. This obviously isn’t a personal experience, as she speaks of a tulle dress (wedding gown). I think that she is accepting death for what it is: an inevitability. She is looking forward to dying, because she is looking forward toward eternity in heaven.

  36. E. Loza says:

    I was given this poem for an writing assingment in class in my college Eng. class, but I remember reading it before. However, I forgot what the poem was about and now that I have read the comments, I am happy to say, I understood it the first time I read it again 10 yrs later.

  37. sheryl says:

    The image of the tippet only being made of tulle – evokes the shawls the dead were buried in ancient times

  38. Phy says:

    Emily’s peom are amazing. Even if you think youyr life is so wonderful, death will still come. It come to everyone in the same manner. No one truely beats death when it is truely time.

  39. Liz says:

    It is so amazing to read all these comments. I have to write a paper about it, but it is so difficult, because this poem casts a shadow on death, love and life. The difficult thing is to find the right way to look at the shadows, because when you stand in front of the light, one will only see his own shadow, instead of the one from the poem. It is strange to read the poem, because she uses clear words,but the construction of the words are making it a little complicated. The more you read it, and the more you think of it, the more you get lost between all these different things in life that she is mentioning so intensly and yet she is able to leave it behind and take distance. ( the break between the 3rd and the 4th stanza). I love this poem because it is the way it is, and because one can reread it, no matter how old he is, what he experienced or how many times he has already read it. E.D. is a genius!!!!

  40. Kaci says:

    Because I could not stop for death is saying that overall death is out of our hands. Its saying that death is inevitable and its eternal.

  41. Alex M. says:

    Marcos I feel what they mean by those words “immortality and eternity” is that death itself will never die and it will always be your destiny.Eterenity will be a place your soul will rest forever and the Horses heads were heading to heaven. But I could be wrong.

  42. Marcos says:

    HEy, i did like this poem, but it was not so clear for me. I am student of the Literature, English and Portuguese language. I have to do lots of woks about American Literature.

    Does somebody can help me in this questions?
    1 – what does the poem mean by the words “immortality” and “eternity” in the poem?
    2 – What is the poet’s attitude toward DEATH in the poem? Explain this through the analysis of each stanza.

    If somebody can help me i will be greatfull.

    Thanks very much!


  43. Mindy says:

    If you waited any longer for death would he still of came?

  44. kristy says:

    At first I never really understood the poem. After maybe the 8th timereading it, I came to so many different conclusions on how it could be interpreted that I was just amzed! I love this poem, and ‘m doing my ISU for Enlish on it!!!!!

  45. elizabeth says:

    Hello. This poem; I did not understand it at first and it’s rude that an 8th grader would say that… JIM!Look there’s different meanings to everything, espesially poems and death is out to get all of us, just wait for it ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Mohamed El ouardi says:

    I really like this poem.As for me, it is a mastepiece because it deals with a serious issue people rarely take into account.I have chosen this poem for reciting it in front of my classmates,faculty of humanities and letters teouan, Morocco.finaly ,this poem is the most enjoyable of all, and the prettiest poem I have ever read. El ouardi Mohamed, Ksar El kebir, Morocco.

  47. mr. sniffles says:

    maybe someday i will under stand these f***** poems

  48. Nicole says:

    I believe this poem is so amazing because it exemplifies E.D’s ability to personify death in such a unique way. In this poem she is practically marrying Death and expressing her passion for him/her. She does this by creating this image of her and Death in a carriage wearing a tulle gown (wedding gown) and states how the carriage holds only them and eternity. Themes of sexuality, lust, and passion are evoked in an ironic way, as they parallel the theme of Death. This image of her passion for death is absolutely beautiful, she is truly an exceptional poet.

  49. Keelin says:

    I love this poem. It’s fantastic

  50. Cory says:

    this poem was interesting really inlighten me about how death can be so peaceful. i had to do an enlgish paper on it and i loved this poem. yea so i also wanted to say i have an awsome girlfriend and her name is katie.

  51. tara says:

    This peom inspired me to choose it for my english class. (read out loud). It has such a power that the peom will draw you in to reading more. I enjoy these kinds of peoms that have a “different” side to them. I love her work and this peom as well!!

  52. Student says:

    I love how…the poem never is eternal and never ending 🙂 we studied it in class..and i thoroughly understand it ^^ it’s a marvelous poem.

  53. Molly Hendrickson says:

    In the first stanza of this poem, the personification of death pull the reader in. The realization of death’s impending doom on us and the barely visible house is such imagery and make this poem amazingly beautiful.

  54. jim says:

    THis poem is very deep and if you can’t understand thins that have a deep meaning…………….you can’t understand this poem…………emily d. is the best poet there is and knows what she is talking about………………………this poem is one of the best i have ever read and i am in 8th grade……………………..AND I GET IT..CAN’T YOU?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!!??!!!???

  55. La Rae says:

    I confess that The first time I read this poem I didn’t understand I thing she was saying. Never read poetry when you’re tired. But thanks to the wonderful comments I now have a very clear understanding of this poem!

  56. Bora says:

    I am in 7th grade and I am in Middle School.
    I had Poet Biography,so I choose Emily Dickinson and this poem was the importantest in her poems. Also, i felt that this poem was the longest poem I had ever read. Because I could not stop for death… What was the meanig of this poem to Emily Dickinson and how was her feelings when she was writing this poemm.. I wonder how Emily Dickinson felt….

  57. Crystal says:

    I had the overwhelming joy of coming across this beautifully written poem. One of my favorite by E.D, this poem is a masterpiece.

  58. patty cakes says:

    When Dickinson says that the day she died felt longer than the centuries she has spent dead mean she has never gone to Heaven? But she says Eternity? Whats going on at the end?

  59. Ken says:

    We usually think that death is a very scaringthing,
    but in this poem, Emily tells us death can let us review our lives . Death is not a end of life ,but a start of Eternity.

  60. Chelsea says:

    This is one of my favorite poems. Emily Dickinson is a poetry god. I think this poem shows a peaceful side of death. It shows us that death isn’t something to be afraid of. Its very beautifully written and I love it.

  61. english guy says:

    The horses are used both symbolically and literally in this poem. In Dickinsons time, your coffin was carried on a wagon by two horses. It was customary for those associated with you to follow behind the wagon to the burial site.

  62. rob lowe says:

    “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”.

  63. rusty says:

    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!

  64. Melissa says:

    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.

  65. saeed says:

    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 things”Emperor,Gate\her,ston”
    Hamlet from Syria

  66. Rolando says:

    This poem is AWESOME! Please send it to me.

  67. Kate says:

    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.

  68. Derek says:

    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!

  69. Christianne says:

    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

  70. Meredith says:

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

  71. Cindy says:

    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!

  72. Julliana says:

    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

  73. Rachel says:

    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.

  74. karen says:

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

  75. Glynda C. Wishnevsky says:

    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 Eternity”.

  76. Sheena says:

    This is one of my absolute favorite poems of Emily Dickinson’s!

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