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

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1 Emily Dickinson

2 Because I could not stop for Death– He kindly stopped for me– The Carriage held but just Ourselves– And Immortality.  Dickinson personifies “Death” and uses alliteration of the “c”  She describes this as a pleasant event that takes place in a carriage  She uses end rhyme in lines 2 and 4 and internal rhyme in line 3  Immortality: (or eternal life) is the concept of living in physical or spiritual form for an infinite length of time.

3 We slowly drove—He knew no haste And I had put away My labor and my leisure too, For His Civility–  She walks away from her busy schedule, such as work and even her leisure time for death  Civility- politeness, courtesy  Uses alliteration of the letters “h” and “l”

4 We passed the School, where Children strove At Recess--in the Ring– We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain– We passed the Setting Sun– Dickinson is talking about the different stages of her life or seeing her own life flash before her eyes …the children at recess symbolizing the beginning of her life …the fields of grazing grain symbolize adolescence/adulthood …the setting sun symbolizes the writer’s final years The repetition of “we passed” is called anaphora She also uses alliteration of the letters “s” “r” and “g”

5  Sun is personified as “He”  Describing being inside the ground; being cold  Also talks about what she is wearing gossamer- material for a wedding dress, tippet (scarf) & Tulle (netting)  Slant rhyme “chill/ tulle”

6 The Cornice--in the Ground We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground– The Roof was scarcely visible– The Cornice--in the Ground– The house/swelling of the ground symbolizes her gravesite Cornice: a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing Alliteration of the letter “s”

7 Since then--'tis Centuries—but each Feels shorter than the Day I first surmised the Horses' Heads Were toward Eternity--  Time has passed since her carriage ride with death  Paradox- century (100 yrs) feels shorter than a day  Ends with her realizing that towards the end of her ride with death she figured out that this wasn’t temporary  “Horses Heads were toward eternity” meaning the horses pulling the carriage were taking her somewhere she couldn’t return from  realizes she is dead; that this “ride” is for all eternity

8 Analysis and Commentary Each stanza is a quatrain- four lines In each stanza the first line has 8 syllables, the second has 6 syllables, the third has 8 syllables, and the fourth has 6 syllables The overall theme of the poem seems to be that death is not to be feared because it is part of the endless cycle of nature. Her tone is optimistic because she sees death as a friend

9 If you need help understanding Dickinson’s Poems, please check out these sites…


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