In Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop For Death—," what rhymes occur?

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In Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop For Death—," the rhyme is irregular. Also note that the author uses "near rhyme," which means that words used as rhymes do not clearly sound like one another. In other words, they are "close but not exact" in sound.

The poem is written in alternating iambic tetrameter and trimeter lines, with near rhyme occasionally employed in the second and fourth lines. Regular rhyme occurs sporadically and unexpectedly in its spatial distancing.

Lines two and four rhyme, as Dickinson uses "me" and "immortality," both found at the end of he sentence.

We might consider the use of near rhyme in lines six and eight, with the words "away" and "civility." The fourth stanza also provides an example of near rhyme with the words "Chill" and "Tulle."

The poem told by a dead speaker speaks of how personified death came to take her. It is interesting to note that the pattern of rhyme also supports one of the poem's major themes:

...the seemingly disheveled rhyme scheme in actuality intimates one of the poem’s central themes: unpreparedness.

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