Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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An Interpretation of “Because I Could not stop for Death” Emily Dickinson is considered as one of the best and most original American poets of the 19th Century. It is said that Dickinson suffered from depression and led a life of extreme seclusion (Cornelius). Dickinson’s penchant for death and unusual style intrigue scholars to this day (Cornelius). Regarded as one Dickinson’s most famous poems, “Because I could not stop for Death”, comes from a published series of poems which have to do with death (Cornelius). This poem treats the grave as inconsequential, death as not having mastery and immortality and eternity as the victors; Dickinson’s speaker conveys the journey of life as a cycle characterized by childhood, maturity, and death. Life and the grave are but paths to eternity and therefore are less important when viewed in the context of eternity. Dickinson's poem consists of five stanzas of four lines. Each stanza displays a different view or group of perceptions. The first stanza is when Death stops for her; the second, she is observing Death as a person; the third, she sees the passages of life; the fourth, the grave; and the last stanza is a glimpse of an existence without time. According to literary genius Harold Bloom and Anna Priddy, Dickinson’s poem personifies death as a gentleman or a suitor calling on a young lady. Also, noting that ‘Death’ has been capitalized to reference a human name. This seems to say that the young lady has a date with death. This is shown in lines 1 and 2, "Because I could not stop for death, / He kindly stopped for me" (Dickinson). The poet gives death the character traits of being kind, seen in line two. It even seems that the woman is somewhat flattered in the kind nature of her suitor. In lines 3 and 4, "The carriage held but just ourselves / And Immortality" (Dickinson). These lines give us
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