Because I could not stop for Death— Questions and Answers
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What are the main auditory elements in "Because I Could Not Stop for Death—"? Rhyme, meter, alliteration, assonance, euphony, cacophony, repetition, onomatopoeia?

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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 not display a set rhyme scheme. However, a close reading reveals that the second and last lines of stanzas one, two, four, five and six do rhyme - although in some instances only half-rhyme is employed.

Stanza one: 'me' rhymes with 'Immortality'
Stanza two: 'away' rhymes with 'Civility' (half-rhyme: an almost forced pronunciation of civility as civili-tay.
Stanza four
: 'Chill' rhymes with 'Tulle' (half-rhyme).
Stanza five:  'Ground' rhymes with 'Ground'.
Stanza six:   'Day' rhymes with 'Eternity' (half-rhyme).

What is significant though, is that the words, 'Immortality', 'Civility' and 'Eternity' rhyme perfectly. These words embody the central message of the poem. It clearly emphasizes their importance and makes them stand out from the rest. Dickinson clearly wanted to draw the reader's attention...

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