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Compare and contrast the poems "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

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Both poems are about an encounter. Frost's poem is about an encounter with an arresting scene of snow falling against a dark woods on the shortest day of the year. Dickinson's poem is about an encounter with death, personified as a gentleman who takes her to her grave in a carriage.

In each poem, time seems to stop, but in opposite ways. In Frost's poem, the speaker does not linger all that long in the woods. It is long enough to alarm his horse, but the speaker regrets having to move on so quickly. Nevertheless, the scene is etched into his mind as if were more than just a short interlude.

In Dickinson's poem, the speaker dies, and time also seems to stop. She says that centuries have passed and yet it feels she has only been gone a day. In her case, a very long interlude seems short.

Frost's poem is about finding a moment of life and awareness in a natural setting that brings out a longing for more time to experience the solitude and peace of nature. In contrast, Dickinson's poem is...

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