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What elements in this poem do you find interesting?I would just like an opinion on how...

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gsstom | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted April 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM via web

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What elements in this poem do you find interesting?

I would just like an opinion on how these elements affected people's responses? 

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM (Answer #2)

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I find it particularly interesting that death is personified as a kindly man who stops to give the speaker a ride in what I take to be a horse-drawn buggy. I don't feel that the speaker is actually dead but is so busily engaged with mundane matters that she never stops to think about the fact that she is going to have to die someday. In this respect she is like most of us. I like the suggestion that the speaker realizes that dying is like being taken for a long and pleasant ride and that there is nothing to fear because the destination is immortality. This is a very simple poem, written in Emily Dickinson's characteristic "common meter," but it deals with a matter of the utmost importance and has great spiritual and emotional depth.

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sweetgiggles | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted April 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM (Answer #2)

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"because i could not stop for death" is one of the most celebrated poems of death.i like the way death is personified as a gracious and polite gentleman taking a lady on a leisurely drive to the world of eternity.. the idea of death is treated without any of the emotions of fear, anxiety or pain..I found the three stages of life very intersting which defines the procession of life moving towards the end. even though the journey of life has come to an end, vast spaces of eternity lie ahead of her........ 

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 28, 2012 at 4:22 AM (Answer #3)

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I agree that it is the image of Death as a gentleman which is most striking about this poem. He comes to her instead of making her come to him, and then he makes sure she has the opportunity to review her life before he takes her to her final resting place. There is nothing violent or jarring about her transport from life to death; it is a seamless transition and Death is nothing to be afraid of in the process. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM (Answer #4)

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The extended metaphor of Death as a gentleman is almost appealing to readers in Dickinson's "tragic vision" of the human predicament in which people are summoned to a mysterious repose. It is interesting in the fourth stanza that Dickinson rhymes "Ground" with itself in lines 18 and 20.

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