Time has stopped for her, and the fields of grain do the gazing, not her. Her father was a lawyer, the treasurer of , and was an active and important member of the community. Here, she realizes that it has been centuries since she died. One could possibly interpret the passage of the carriage in these stanzas and the later stanzas as a metaphor for the journey of a coffin in a funeral procession. The speaker is not afraid of death and accepts it as a part of life. What is Dickinson saying about death or her knowledge of death with this change? During the first half of the poem, the persona casually describes her encounter with the gentleman caller, indicating that she was too preoccupied to think about death, and the start of her journey. But the passing of the school children is also an ordinary act, and this may portray death as something ordinary and a part of life.
The drive her leaving life. There is no description of her present environment; she only mentions that the centuries which have passed feel. Death It seems almost insultingly simplistic to point out that death is one of the main themes covered by this poem, but the treatment that Dickinson gives the subject is worth taking a close look at. From a standpoint in eternity, the persona tells the story of her death in retrospect. As one reads the poem, recognizing that the poem is being told in retrospect, the irony becomes evident.
The images that describe what is seen in the carriage ride, however, all suggest that life is a cycle, that the cradle-to-grave motion does not fire us out into endless eternity as if we were shot out of a cannon, but instead brings us back to where we started from. The doors for interpretation are wide open. I have followed the version used by Thomas H. She uses participles to describe herself when she was making the journey. One reason for why Death is so bound by formal manners in this poem could be that Dickinson does not want to portray Death as being all-powerful, as other poets have. In the final stanza, the speaker has moved into death; the language becomes ; in the previous stanzas the imagery was and specific.
She is depicting death as a part of life, which is ironic because death is the ending of life. No matter what, when it is your time, it will come unexpectedly. In any event, night appears to be falling, and a chilly dew is settling in. In the third stanza, the imagery suggests more than a mere physical journey. It is easy for the reader to get caught up by this rhythm, the peaceful images, and the deceptive tone of contentment. Death has also been portrayed at times as a suave gentleman, probably because a smiling menace is somehow more frightening than a menace that is self-conscious about inflicting pain. It's a little creepy, we'll admit, but not so horrifying either.
Because I could not stop for Death, Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality. Personification, Metaphors and Other Poetic Devices in the Verse Trying to consider the poem in the frames of real life, one can draw parallels between the carriage ride with Death in the poem and the same carriage ride with Charles Wadsworth, who visited Emily unexpectedly in 1860. Transcendentalists sought to understand the ruling principle of the universe similar to God, but not the exact same thing through understanding nature, and their method of understanding nature was through thought and poetry. We slowly drove, he knew no haste, And I had put away My labour, and my leisure too, For his civility. Fields of grain remind us of the cycle of life because they repeat the whole motion year after year, from planting to harvesting.
The heads of the horses are narrow and angled, almost like an arrow that is piercing through the boundary that is blocking life from death. Her grandfather was the founder of , and her father Edward Dickinson was a lawyer who served as the treasurer of the college. As they ride around peacefully, they see many things: children playing, fields of grain, and finally the headstone of the narrator. Presumably, this rejection of her literary personality might have influenced her decision not to be published at all; and, from this standpoint, Because I could not Stop for Death could stand for her death as an accepted poetess. At the end of Stanza 3, the reader gains an impression that the carriage is actually passing outside of time.
Ferlazzo, Paul, Emily Dickinson, Boston: Twayne, 1976. Actually, all the reasons were rooted in Romanticism as a form of protest against spiritual impoverishment and meanness of the world, which surrounded the poetess; the world with all its wars, struggles for social position, influence, and literary acceptance. The sun passes them as the sun does everyone who is buried. Throughout the first half of the poem, the persona gives the impression that she was unaware of the ultimate meaning of the journey. We slowly drove, he knew no haste, And I had put away My labor, and my leisure too, For his civility. The early editors of Dickinson's poems dropped the fourth stanza of this poem, a practice which the editors of your textbook have, unfortunately, followed.
The voyage is pleasant, and Dickinson illustrates the road to eternity as a pleasant trip. We passed the school, where children strove At recess, in the ring; We passed the fields of gazing grain, We passed the setting sun. Reading ideas as characters allows us to empathize with—or hate or be annoyed by—ideas that otherwise might remain distant and abstract. As you read Dickinson's poems, notice the ways in which exclusion occurs and think about whether it is accurate to characterize her as the poet of exclusion. Instead of blatantly telling the reader that the speaker arrived to her grave, Dickinson describes the speakers grave as a home, something that is very comforting and freedom.
Emerson lived in Boston and started out in life as a Unitarian minister, but in 1832 he resigned the clergy in a crisis of conscience to become a poet and a man of letters. This is where her body will be housed while her soul journeys onward. We paused before a house that seemed A swelling of the ground; The roof was scarcely visible, The cornice but a mound. No one is prepared, just as the speaker was not prepared. But, the speaker and Death are accompanied by Immortality during the carriage ride. In that same year, Dickinson initiated a correspondence with , the literary editor of the Atlantic Monthly magazine. But there is another clue which assists the reader—punctuation.
Incidentally mentioned, the third passenger in the coach is a silent, mysterious stranger named Immortality. Is this poem really about death, or does the idea of death stand in for something else? Oh, and that death and dying were among her favorite subjects. As her fate was deeply tragic secluded life; death of the nearest people and the inability to incarnate her love dreams , there is no wonder that she welcomed death as a release from the cruel world that has rejected and despised her. Time A key in this poem is how time passes at a different pace under different circumstances. The Puritans maintained a strict and were not tolerant of people whose beliefs were different than their own. She was neither a mystic nun nor an eccentric person.