Because I could not stop for Death— Questions and Answers

Because I could not stop for Death—

The image created by these lines is of a grave that has been recently dug, with the coffin placed inside and the dirt heaped back over on top of it. The result is like a mound rather than a smooth,...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016 2:51 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

Most people understandably don't think about death all that much. Frankly, it's all rather depressing. Even when we do think of death, we regard it with a profound sense of dread and foreboding....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 10:36 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death," there are several poetic devices used. It should be noted that poetry is written to be read aloud. It is when we hear a poem that its...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 1:55 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” the author meets Death personified in the form of a gentleman. He arrives in a carriage with Immortality to take the author to her grave....

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 4:18 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

I would argue that the two main themes of this poem are closely related: the nature of death and the fact that all of life is, in a morbid sense, a journey toward death. With regard to the nature...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 8:17 pm UTC

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Some figures of speech contained within Emily Dickinson's contemplation of death. Anaphora (Repeating a sequence of words for emphasis, in a group of nearby phrases) Lines 9-12: We passed the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2015 7:21 am UTC

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Dickenson is alluding to the narrator's grave -- a "house" that seemed a swelling of the ground. Since it is a slight swelling, the "roof" is scarcely visible. A cornice is a molding at the top...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2009 9:01 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop for Death", immortality plays an important role. Death is personified in the poem. What this means is that Death is given characteristics, or...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011 8:11 am UTC

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The type of rhyme referred to above can also be called approximate rhyme, slant rhyme, or half rhyme. All these terms mean basically the same thing: the words are close to a perfect rhyme, but off...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2015 6:10 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop For Death," the extended metaphor which forms the heart of the poem posits that Death is a gentleman who has come to court the speaker. He has done...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2021 11:16 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In this poem, Dickinson describes death. When a person dies—goes on what the speaker compares to a polite carriage journey to the grave—the body gradually gets colder and colder. As the speaker in...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 11:43 am UTC

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The horse's heads symbolize the fate of the speaker, who is being driven inextricabably to eternity. The reference evokes the biblical symbol of the "Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse," in...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2008 10:18 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

"Because I could not stop for Death--" is an example of lyric poetry. Lyric poetry most commonly portrays the deep feelings or emotions of the poet, rather than focus on telling a story with...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2012 5:31 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The tone at the beginning of the poem seems relaxed and matter-of-fact. This is in large part because the poem is narrated in the past tense, meaning that there is now a distance between the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 10:16 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The extended metaphor to describe the process of dying or thinking about death is a carriage ride. The carriage, as the title indicates, stops for the speaker because she could not stop for it. It...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 1:16 am UTC

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Imagery refers to descriptions that appeal to our five physical senses; imagery, therefore, can be visual (describing something we would see), auditory (for something we might hear), tactile (for...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 2:02 pm UTC

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I would suggest that the theme and purpose is to reconfigure the depiction of death. The poem presents death as a part of the life process. The theme might be calling upon individuals to...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2010 9:30 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

Emily Dickinson's poem, "Because I could not stop for Death," describes how death comes for us whether we are ready or not. In this poem, the speaker discusses how unprepared she was for death and...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016 9:02 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In the first stanza of "Because I could not stop for Death—" both Death and Immortality are personified. Death and Immortality accompany the speaker during the carriage ride. One interpretation is...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2012 12:48 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop for Death--" certainly does contain a definite rhyme scheme; however, it's a very nontraditional and very complicated rhyme scheme.Rhyme scheme is...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2015 8:08 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The horses are pulling the metaphorical carriage of the speaker's soul. With their heads pointed towards eternity, they are headed in the direction of the afterlife. In the last stanza, the speaker...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2009 3:36 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

Dickinson frames "Because I could not stop for Death--" in an extended metaphor: she is being gently conveyed to her grave in a carriage in which Death is the driver: We slowly drove--He knew no...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012 8:32 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

There are a number of paradoxes in this poem by Emily Dickinson but no true oxymoron. In the first stanza, the idea that death "kindly" stops for the narrator when she could not stop for it is...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016 1:29 am UTC

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A narrative arc consists of an introduction, rising action, a climax, falling action, and a conclusion. A character arc occurs when a character undergoes some kind of change in the story or poem....

Latest answer posted December 3, 2015 7:48 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

(Educators are only supposed to answer one question per posting, so I will tackle your first question, and you can repost the others separately if you like.) In this poem, Death is portrayed as a...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018 11:05 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In the poem "Because I could not stop for Death," Dickinson treats death as a person. Giving human traits and qualities to nonhuman things and ideas is a common literary technique. It is called...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2017 2:22 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

While both poems present unconventional depictions of and attitudes toward death through personification, Royes's "Death Came for Me in Hot Pink Pants" has a bit more complex attitude toward death...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017 10:28 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In Emily Dickinson's poem titled "Because I could not stop for Death," we can see a general attitude of acceptance of the inevitability of death, yet the speaker also shows a natural dislike of...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2015 6:56 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

A good thesis statement should allow for debate and discussion. The main character, and the main focus in "Because I could not stop For Death—" is the personification of death. Death is presented...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 10:35 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

"Because I could not stop for death--" exemplifies Dickinson's examination of death and dying, one of the most important themes in her entire poetic output. In this poem, as in many others (for...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2013 1:46 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The poem has two characters, Death and the narrator. Death is described as a gentleman riding in a carriage. He is "kindly" because he stops his carriage and let's the narrator in. He is also...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018 6:54 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

At first glance, no. However, if you read the poem carefully, three main allusions stand out. The first two are the allusions to Death and Immortality, certainly allusions to the bible and to...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2015 4:29 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The narrator in "Because I could not stop for Death" faces a problem many people have: she is too busy to die. Nevertheless, Death (personified) stops by to pick her up, and thus they begin their...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019 5:28 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

This beautiful poem by Emily Dickinson was once described by renowned American author, poet and critic, as "one of the greatest in the English language." True to Dickinson's style, the poem does...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2015 4:01 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

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...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 7:15 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop for Death—" personifies Death as a gentleman in a carriage, who invites the poet along for a ride. Death is a courteous and genteel companion, and...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018 8:08 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

Dickinson's iconic poem about death as a suitor collecting her in a chariot is full of personification and alliteration, but it lacks any examples of simile. A simile is a comparison that uses the...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016 6:34 pm UTC

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Emily Dickinson wrote toward the end of what became known as the Romantic period and is usually considered more of a Realist writer. Nonetheless, in some of her poems, there are characteristics of...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 6:03 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

As mentioned in the above post, there is certainly at least a shade of irony in Dickinson's use of the word "kindly" in "Because I Could Not Stop for Death." The definition of irony, of course, is...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 5:13 am UTC

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A suffix, in grammar, is a morpheme that is attached to the end of a word to create another word with a different meaning—a different part of speech. This word is called a derivative. The key to...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 8:27 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

An interesting question. The speaker in this poem notes that she "could not" stop for Death, a comment which suggests she is a person who was always too active and too interested in life to...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2019 4:45 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

"Because I Could Not Stop for Death" contains many key images designed to evoke emotions in the reader. For example, in line 2, the author says, “He kindly stopped for me.” This lets us know...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2015 4:08 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

To suggest the Emily Dickinson thought a lot about death would be an understatement of considerable proportions. Her poems, almost all of which were only discovered after her death in 1886, are...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2013 2:07 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

These lines are, of course, from Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for Death," a beautiful and interesting poem because of its ironic playfulness and blithe tone for such a moribund...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011 2:09 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The carriage in "Because I could not stop for Death" symbolizes the journey from life into eternity. The speaker in this poem believes that she is simply too busy to die when this carriage stops by...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 12:12 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In Emily Dickinson's poem, "Because I could not stop for death," the theme is the unstoppable nature of death. The structure of the poem is organized around the speaker's journey to the afterlife....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016 9:18 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In the opening stanza of "Because I could not stop for Death," the most important word is arguably "Death." Throughout the poem, death is personified as a gentlemanly caller who takes a ride in a...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 7:56 am UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

With a paraphrase, one is striving to put a text into one's own words. A paraphrase is generally not shorter, by much, than the original text; in fact, it may actually be longer because, for...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 3:50 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In this poem, there are some indications about how the speaker, a woman who is taking a carriage ride with Death and Immortality, feels about herself, others, and the subject of dying. First,...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 3:29 pm UTC

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The speaker in Emily Dickinson's poem, Because I Could Not Stop for Death, does not fear death for a couple reasons. First, the fact that "He (Death) kindly stopped for me" sets up the fact that...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 8:19 am UTC

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