Because I Could Not Stop for Death

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Michelle Seeley Dr. Atkins English comp II Dickenson Analysis “Because I Could not Stop For Death” In the poem “Because I Could not Stop For Death”, by Emily Dickenson, the narrator talks about death coming to meet her because she was too busy to stop for him. In the first stanza, the narrator talks about the carriage ride and how the carriage’s only occupants are the narrator and death himself, as they ride off to immortality. I feel like she is talking about leaving behind all of her worldly possessions, including her body, and going to a place that is far away. When in the second stanza the narrator says; “we slowly drove-he knew no haste”, she is talking about not having to rush to be anywhere, time no longer matters; “And I had put away my labor and my leisure too.” Death is a gentleman caller taking the narrator on a ride with no time limit, but a specific destination. The narrator talks about seeing her life as they drive on; “We passed the school where, children strove, at recess-in the ring-“in this statement she talks about seeing her childhood and the carefree times that children share. The next phase of her life, middle age, passes as “Fields of passing grain” here the narrator is saying that she had a fertile life, where she was able to flourish, and spread out. In the last part of the third stanza Dickenson writes about the later years of the narrators life, “We Passed the setting sun,” in this sentence she is describing getting older, the setting sun represents slowing down, an ending of a period of time. The fourth stanza shows that the narrator does not feel like this will be a long carriage ride, despite the leisurely pace they are moving at, “The Dews drew quivering and chill- for only gossamer- my gown-My tippet only tulle,” she is dressed lightly and has not brought anything else with her to cover herself. The narrator talks about
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