Review of Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death"

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This is a review of the Emily Dickinson poem, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death."

Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –

Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –

Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity –


For most of us, we get this sensation that death will always wait for us, when in fact, death comes when we least expect it. Death is inevitable. We cannot stop death no matter what we do. Dickinson compares Death to a gentleman as he graciously awaits and whisks her off on a whimsical ride. By the end of the poem, it is clear that Death is not going to wait.


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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jan 2011 (#)

My wife is a Emily Dickinson fan.

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Nicely done.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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