Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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Because I Could Not Stop For Death By Emily Dickinson One of Emily Dickinson’s most famous poems is “Because I Could Not Stop For Death”. Dickinson wrote this poem with such ambiguity that spiritual people, as well as people who are not, are able to relate to the poem. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” is the opening line which tells the reader that they need to be paying attention and that the author is not ready to die. In the next line, “He kindly stopped for me,” Dickinson tells the reader how death will come on its own time but is always ready. The word “kindly” is odd when used in conjunction with death. This gives us the image of a quiet and peaceful passing. In the third line, we see that Death has picked her up in a carriage which symbolizes transferring a corpse to its grave site. The carriage also represents something on a larger scale - life’s journey and her ascension to heaven. The first stanza ends with the short line, “and immortality,” which means that they are most likely thinking about living forever in Heaven. This solidifies the point that she has passed. The second stanza starts with “We slowly drove—He knew no haste.” This tells the reader how death is slowly taking her like a carriage in a funeral procession where the hearse travels slowly. This line is ambiguous as well. Death takes his time as she reviews her memories. This slow drive also represents her slow ascension to heaven. The next two lines, “And I had put away My Labor and my leisure too,” tell us that since she is dead she no longer has any duties. She accepts her death, so she “put away” her labor and leisure. This stanza ends with, “In his civility.” This last line tells us that she is alone and her only company is Death and he is giving her a personal escort to eternal life. In the third stanza, the lines, “We passed the school, where children strove at
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