"Because I Could Not Stop for Death" Poem Review by Top Papers

"Because I Could Not Stop for Death"
An analysis of the themes of life, death and poetic devices in Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death".
# 133780 | 1,500 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (Poetry)


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The paper posits that few poems in the canon of English literature are as polished and as powerful as Emily Dickinson's, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death". The paper asserts that while the reasons why this is so are plentiful, the most obvious are the content and form of the poem and Dickinson's clever use of poetic devices. Specifically, the paper argues that the content of the poem is meant to emphasize the inevitability of death and how it does not have to be feared by stalwart Christians; the poem's content also captures how the slumber of death will seem like a mere night's rest to the blessed when the day of Judgment arrives. With regards to its actual form, the circular nature of human existence and the circular nature of eternity - that is to say, the eternal linkage of life with death - is reflected in the poem's regular iambic pentameter and in its use of poems of alternating line lengths; these altering line lengths, incidentally, also seem to capture Dickinson's views on the relative significance of life on earth versus eternal life by subtly accentuating the relative duration of each. Finally, the paper shows how Dickinson's use of devices like internal rhyme, alliteration, and anaphora are meant to reinforce the circularity of the life/death relationship and the inevitable arrival of the former. The paper concludes that the poem is a treatise on how death awaits all of us - but this fact does not have to be met with dread by the pure of heart.

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"It is arguable that few poems in the canon of English literature are as polished and as powerful as Emily Dickinson's, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death". The reasons why this is so are plentiful, but the most obvious are the content and form of the poem and Dickinson's clever use of poetic devices. Specifically, the next few pages will argue that the content of the poem is meant to emphasize the inevitability of death and how it does not have to be feared by stalwart Christians; the poem's content also captures how the slumber of death will seem like a mere night's rest to..."

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