Even more painful is the fact that she remembers very little about her previous life: “I [can] remember my name, my age, that I [am] a woman, but death swallowed the rest” (4). She attaches herself to different humans or “hosts”, her first being a lonely poet. Helen and this character have an unspoken bond. While the poet cannot see her ghost, they are learning from each other. This host’s life is similar to that of writer Emily Dickinson, in that they both are isolated poets who express darkness and death in a lot of their work.
Short Essay on Emily Dickinson’s Poem 712 In Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death ---“ it deals a woman who basically tells the character Death she is too busy to die, but he takes her away with him anyway. Dickinson seems to deal with death time and time again in her poems, though she does not always use the same circumstances in each poem. When you read the first stanza it looks as if Death picks up the speaker in a carriage, which seems to be the metaphor throughout the entire poem (Dickinson). One may notice that she uses a lot of symbolism throughout almost every single stanza in this piece. During the second and third stanzas one may see the speaker sort of longing to keep her life, which seems to make her envy the youth.
‘I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died’ by Emily Dickinson, is a poem on the theme of mortality and death. It focusses on the experience of a person after they have died. It is evident in this poem that Dickinson expresses feelings of longing for death as well as fearing it. Figurative language plays a major part in expressing Dickinson’s views in ‘I Heard a Fly Buzz’. The scene opens with ‘The Stillness in the Room (being) like the Stillness in the Air’.
Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken” (1916) is about a person who is at a significant crossroad in their life in must only choose one road to continue their journey. In the short story “I Used to Live Here Once” (1976), is of a woman’s journey who is revisiting her past life in the afterlife, but she is unaware that she is not among the living anymore. These two literary works share similar connections from their theme to how both authors use symbols to symbolize the characters journey. However, both authors use narration and the settings of their stories to separate how the main characters face the reality of their journeys. The courage to start a new journey is the theme and the first connection between these two stories.
Emily Dickinson was a poet and person whom did not publish her work, kept her love life low, and lived her last years of life in seclusion because she wanted privacy, which gave us some of the best poetry today. Emily Dickinson wrote poetry for most of her life and never let anyone get their hand on it. Dickinson knew she was a great poet but still did not publish her work while she was alive. In a criticism article called “The Three Privations of Emily Dickinson” by Ricahrd Wilbur he says ‘And she did say to Helen Hunt Jackson, “How can you print a piece of your soul?” (969). In this quotes Dickinson is saying that everything she writes is a part of her.
The sun no longer a metaphor for death is now a literal object that passes them as they fade from light to darkness as it begins to get colder in contrast to the warmth of the previous stanza. She realizes that she is not dressed warmly and is seen as only wearing a gown. This gown alludes to be one more fitting for a wedding than a funeral not only signifying a new beginning, but also a happy ending. They pause before a house that is in truth a grave, however by using the term “house” the
Different time periods coexist and present themselves as unattached entities in that world as several books spread on a table do in human's world. The joint of the two worlds is the human death. Assuming Death and Immortality as beings in the four-dimensional world where people enter after physical death, I could find reasonable explanations for all the woman’s experiences in the poem. Actually, her life is draining away when “He kindly stopped”, so she could possibly get rid of all worldly trivialities and embark on this unusual trip. Her whole life is reduced to several parted entities, which makes centuries shorter than a day.
In the second stanza “we slowly drove, he knew no haste” it suggests death has no hurry. She has no hurry, but death has little hurry also. In the third stanza the word “passed” represented four times in this stanza. They are “passing by the children’s and grain” both represent parts of her life, and the passing of the years. In this stanza “school” is a symbol, in which she relates that it was the beginning of his life.
After those lines, the poem resumes its normal pattern, suggesting that death is just a normal part of life, and when someone dies, people should not be sad or change their course. The stanzas also follow this pattern. The first and third stanza are a bit more alarming overall, as they talk about the speaker being called to death and the aftermath of it. The second and fourth stanzas begin with contradictory words, balancing what has been said in the first and third stanzas. The second and fourth stanzas are more like a reassurance that death will happen, and it is okay.
It deals with the decline of civilisation and the impossibility of recovering meaning in life. He designates through his poems and the language he uses the idea of doom. Eliot uses imagery from Dante’s Inferno to illustrate the futility of society and its decent into a living hell. The first part, “The Burial of the Dead”, presents the voice of a countess looking back on her pre-World War I youth as a lovelier, freer, more romantic time. Her voice is followed by a solemn description of present dryness when “the dead tree gives no shelter”.