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

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Give a critical analysis of the poem "Because I could not stop for death."  

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To give a "critical analysis" of the poem, look at its meaning and also look at how its parts and poetic techniques all work together to reinforce that meaning. Poems that deal with deep subjects and use a variety of poetic techniques can provide rich rewards to the reader who critically analyzes them. Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death" is such a poem.

In this poem, Emily Dickinson provides a unique perspective on death. She helps the reader imagine in advance what the experience of dying will be like. Often poems about death focus on the emotions one feels as death nears or they focus on the afterlife. Not as many poems deal with the actual emotions during the process of dying, which is part of what makes this poem so hauntingly unusual. 

To portray the experience of death, Dickinson uses an extended metaphor . Dying is likened to taking a carriage ride with Death and Immortality, two abstract concepts that are personified in the poem. Death is the driver of the...

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