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Because I could not stop for Death—

by Emily Dickinson
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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," 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—

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—

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—

The speaker could not stop for Death because she has been too busy living and experiencing life. She mentions that, when Death "kindly" collects her in his carriage, she opts to put aside her labor...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2021, 11:16 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—

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 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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Because I could not stop for Death—

Three major characters in the poem are the speaker of the poem (the "I" that could not stop), Death, and the third "person" in the carriage, Immortality. Other people appear in the poem, notably...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2021, 11:46 am (UTC)

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Because I could not stop for Death—

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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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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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—

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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Because I could not stop for Death—

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—

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—

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—

Dickinson's personification of Death is quite a positive one. Death is presented as a kind, courteous gentleman driving along in a large, handsome carriage. So polite is he that in return for his...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2020, 11:31 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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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—

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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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—

The first stanza in Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death—” describes an encounter between the speaker and Death, with Death personified as a carriage driver who stops his...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2018, 5:04 pm (UTC)

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The mood of a poem is the emotional response the writer attempts to evoke in the reader through the use of connotation, situation, and experience. This poem about death exemplifies a mood of...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2021, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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Because I could not stop for Death—

Let's go through the poem in chronological order to consider each mention of death: Because I could not stop for Death / He kindly stopped for me - Explicit: Death is personified as a polite...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015, 11:43 am (UTC)

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In the poem "Because I could not stop for Death—," the speaker, who has recently died, describes the moment when Death came for her and, in a horse-drawn carriage, escorted her to the afterlife....

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020, 7:41 am (UTC)

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Because I could not stop for Death—

In “Because I could not stop for Death—,” Emily Dickinson employs plenty of figurative language, including personification, metaphor, and symbolism. First, Death is personified in the poem. He is...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2021, 1:51 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—

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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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—

The speaker in Dickinson's poem is not at all afraid of Death. In fact, she says that Death “kindly stopped” for her and took her into his carriage along with Immortality. There is no fear or...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2021, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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Because I could not stop for Death—

Themes of mortality and immortality are illustrated in "Because I could not stop for Death—." The speaker meets death with a matter-of-fact sense of acceptance regarding her fate. She had made many...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2021, 2:32 pm (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—

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—

I would say there are two main themes in this poem. One of them is death itself. The other is the "Immortality" which rides in the carriage alongside the speaker and the personified figure of...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019, 10:35 am (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—

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—

In Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop for Death," the speaker has a calm attitude throughout. The first three stanzas of the poem set up that attitude, as well as the action of the...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016, 7:01 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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Because I could not stop for Death—

In "Because I could not stop for Death," the speaker does not really accept death until she has already died. An obvious implication of the poem, for the reader, is that death comes to everyone,...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012, 8:08 pm (UTC)

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Because I could not stop for Death—

When I read this poem, I interpret the caesurae (plural for caesura) as slowing down its pace, which makes sense considering the speaker's claim that, when Death came to collect her, "He knew no...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016, 2:55 am (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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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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Because I could not stop for Death—

In stanza four of "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," Dickinson uses the literary device of personification. Personification occurs when an animal or inanimate object is given human...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020, 2:33 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—

The speaker does not seem sad at all about giving up her life. In fact, she seems to look on and talk about death as one might describe a lover: "He kindly stopped for [her]" in his carriage; they...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016, 6:31 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—

The speaker is a person who has died centuries ago and is reflecting upon the day Death showed up to take her to her eternity. We know that she felt like she was just too busy to die: Because I...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020, 10:39 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—

Dickinson personifies Death, characterizing it like one might describe a suitor, someone who comes to woo the speaker of the poem. Death is not threatening, scary, or strange; rather, he knows "no...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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Because I could not stop for Death—

The full text of the poem is available for reference in the links below. 1. The speaker is not identified, but given the context of the poem, with Death personified as a "he", and a mention of the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2014, 5:35 am (UTC)

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