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Please provide an analysis of this Dickinson poem:  Death is the supple SuitorThat...

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hjyhjy | eNoter

Posted May 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM via web

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Please provide an analysis of this Dickinson poem: 

Death is the supple Suitor
That wins at last-
Conducted first
By pallid innuendoes
And dim approach
But brave at last with Bugles
And a biseated Coach
It bears away in triumph
To troth unknown
And kinsmen as divulgeless
As Clans of Down-

 

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currerbell | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM (Answer #1)

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"Death" here is an anthropomorphized male figure who is courting the speaker who has long resisted his advances. He wins her, though, eventually with his "supple" ways ("supple" means graceful and flexible) 

The speaker recounts Death's long history of wooing her. At first his attempts were "dim" and not overt. But eventually, he becomes brave, even blowing bugles to announce his intentions. He has come for her with a "bi-seated" (two-seated) coach, so sure is he of his eventual win. He takes her away, to "troths unknown" (unknown places) as he has so many others. 

 

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