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Analysis of Because I could not stop for death by Emily Dickinson
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In Emily Dickinson's, "Because I could not stop for Death", the speaker personifies death as a polite and considerate gentleman which is very ironic because by many people death is believed to be a dreadful event who takes her in a carriage for a journey "toward Eternity" l. 24; however, at the end of this poem, she finishes her expedition realizing that she has died many years ago. In the first stanza, she begins her journey with a gentleman named Death who takes her along to the carriage "the carriage held but just ourselves" l.3. Even though in the first...
At first, the speaker cannot realize that she has died. From the carriage, she sees her childhood, her youth, and then her final years. The over all tone of this poem seems mixed. It seems that Dickinson changes the tone along with the stanzas. In the first three stanzas, the tone is joyous and happy. In the fourth stanza, the tone seems to be contemplative; the speaker is confused about her existence in the world. However, in the last two stanzas, Dickinson uses a sad tone; the speaker perceives the reality, and becomes calm when she realizes her destiny.
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