Because I could not stop for Death— by Emily Dickinson

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Because I Could Not Stop For Death Literary Devices

Identify poetic techniques/devices used in the poem "Because I could not stop for death" by Emily Dickinson?

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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 musical qualities can be measured, as they resonate in our ears.

The first and most obvious literary device is the personification of "Death." Personification gives human characteristics to non-human things. Death is not a person; it has no personality. In this poem, however, it is spoken of as such; for example, it drives, and is not simply a state of being.

"Gazing Grain" is also an example of personification. Grain cannot gaze.

Another device used is alliteration. This is the repetition of the same consonant sound found at the beginning of a group of words. Note the author's use of "labor" and "leisure;" Recess" and "Ring;" "Gazing Grain;" "Setting Sun;" "Gossamer" and "Gown; and, "Tippet" and "Tulle."

Assonance is also used, once more appealing to the sense of sound. It is defined as the repetition of...

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