Because I could not stop for Death— Questions and Answers
by Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson compared to Robert Frost I would like to compare Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death" with Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a snowy night."  I need to compare ONE aspect of their styles or themes.  Not looking for anyone to write a paper for me, I just need a starting point please.  Thank you.

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Both "Because I could not stop for Death" and "Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening" share imagery that is associated with death.

In Emily Dickinson's poem, the speaker is so preoccupied with living that she fails to realize that her life is near its end. Therefore, Death must "kindly" stop for her. But before she reaches her tomb, the speaker watches the scenery outside the carriage, which represents the passage of time.

There is the school where children are at play; then, she and the driver pass the "fields of grazing grain," which indicate the end of the summer of her life. After this experience, the speaker feels "quivering and chill" drops of dew upon her gossamer gown, images that suggest the chills of death. Finally, she arrives at "A Swelling of the Ground," an image that suggests her tomb. Throughout this journey the "Horses Heads Were Toward Eternity"; that is, they are acquainted with the path of life.

Robert Frost's poem also suggests the theme of Death with its...

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