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Poetry Writing Analysis - Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson. I was attracted to this poem as soon as I read the title

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Poetry Writing Analysis ? Emily Dickinson My choice of poem to imitate is ?Because I could not stop for Death? by Emily Dickinson. I was attracted to this poem as soon as I read the title, as it was the mention of death that drew me in. Death seems to be a prominent theme in many of Dickinson?s poems. Having a deep affinity for death and the macabre myself, it was only natural that this one should catch my attention. In this poem Dickinson personifies death, not as a frightening figure, but as a kind and gentle guide. Death stops in his carriage for the character in the poem and they travel together toward ?eternity?. It quickly becomes apparent that something bad is going to happen to this person and we want to yell out in warning. However, despite this predicament, they are truly at ease and unafraid. This is made clear in the second stanza; ?And I had put away/My labor and my leisure too? as Dickinson expressed that her character felt so peaceful that she no longer knew anything of work or relaxation. ...read more.


I believe that the theme in Dickinson?s poem is universal and could be applied to any are and any age. There is some historical context apparent in imagery that is no longer significant. The carriage, for instance, is no longer a means of travel and harkens back to a time before the invention of the gasoline-powered automobile. Also, the description of the characters clothing; the tippet is a type of cape worn across the shoulders. The gossamer gown and tulle are more reminiscent of a burial outfit as the former is a very thin cloth and the latter a thin, netting used for veils. Obviously this type of funerary attire is not present in modern times. As for my own poem, I wanted to steer clear of any and all associations with any historical context. I wanted it to be just as viable one hundred years ago as it is now. I gave no description of clothing or any surroundings that would betray the age in which my character finds himself. ...read more.


I want to leave the pre story and meanings up to them to discover and create. Just as I prefer in reading a story, also in writing I like to leave more ?up in the air? for the reader to form whatever definition they choose. In conclusion, I definitely agree more with the beliefs of William Wordsworth and his definition of the ?spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings?. I do believe that all writing, as with all art, comes from a place of deep emotion. I know that my inspiration comes from a place a deep emotion. Every story I have ever imagined, every word I have ever put to paper stemmed from whatever was in my soul at the time. We each see the world in our own unique way, we live in our heads. Therefore we each bring all of that into our writing, into any of our creations. Every work of art, especially literature, contains a piece of the essence of the soul of its creator. If you write from a place of emotion, from what you truly know and feel, you can only be writing truth. ...read more.

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