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

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List the poem's key images, in the order in which they appear. Remember, images can draw on all five senses - not just the visual.

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Imagery plays a major role in the movement of the poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" as the speaker travels from one image to another.

In Dickinson's poem, Death is personified as a gentleman caller who arrives to transport the speaker on her final journey. As they travel, various images appear which represent the chronological time periods of a lifetime. Here is a listing of the imagery:

  • the carriage
  • the school
  • the children at recess ( auditory imagery, along with visual)
  • the ring of children, singing and moving in a circle
  • the fields of grain
  • the sun that is setting
  • the dew on the grass 
  • a gossamer gown (gossamer is a thin, soft material)--here is both visual and tactile imagery
  • a tippet of tuille (a shawl made of fine netting)--visual and tactile imagery
  • house
  • ground that rises in a round swelling
  • the roof
  • the cornice, or molding at the top of a building
  • the ground
  • horses' heads
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