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What are the identifiable aspects of the Romantic literary movement in Emily Dickinson's poem #712 (also known as "Because I could not stop for Death—")? Emily Dickinson and the Romantic Movement.

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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 Romantic poetry—namely, an emphasis on the importance of nature and a recognition of the relative insignificance of mankind. Romantic poetry also tended to be concerned with the metaphysical, which included life after, or beyond death, which is of course the main concern also of "Because I Could Not Stop for Death."

Romantics believed that the metaphysical, which included the spiritual, was as important to our lives as the physical, or purely corporeal. This concern was picked up and prioritized to an even greater degree in Gothic fiction (which was an offshoot of Romanticism) in the form of ghosts and spirits which would pass between the physical and spiritual realms. In "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," Dickinson explores the idea that one's spirit might live on after the physical body...

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