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In the allegorical poem entitled, Because I Could Not Stop for Death, Emily Dickinson describes death as a kind gentleman taking her on a journey to her death in a carriage ride.

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Saachi Jhaveri Period G May 28th 2008 In the allegorical poem entitled, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," Emily Dickinson describes death as a kind gentleman taking her on a journey to her death in a carriage ride. Clearly, the denotation contributes to the meaning of the poem because in real life, death is not described positively. Dickinson uses a calm tone to convey the message that death should not be feared because it is not the end of life. Dickinson conveys the calm tone implicitly through many literary techniques in each of the five stanzas. It is essential to understand how the calm tone is created in each stanza in order to express the message of the poem. In the first stanza, the speaker says "Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped it for me." The word "he" implies that death is being personified as a gentlemen. The poets personification of death as a person, exemplifies how she is oddly comfortable with the situation. Dickinson uses diction and describes death as "kin[d]." "Kin[d],"connotes to be something that is affectionate, which conveys that the speaker views death as pleasant and loving. Dickinson then uses imagery when she says the speaker and death are riding in a "carriage". ...read more.


The second stanza also puts death in a positive light reaffirming the message that death should not be feared. In the third stanza the calm tone proceeds to help enhance the meaning of the poem. The speaker is reminiscing about her life. When the speaker says, "We passed the school where children played," Dickinson uses imagery to depict her life as a child when she used to play. The image also has a positive connotation of children enjoying their time. Moreover, when the speaker says, "We passed the fields of grazing grain," Dickinson again uses imagery to depict her adulthood. "Grazing Grain," depicts an image of grain being ready to be harvested, showing that they are becoming adults. By using the word "grazing," which connotes to be looking at something with pleasure, it expresses that she is looking at her life in a positive light. Additionally, when the speaker says, "the setting sun," it connotes to be to close and final stage to any period, which in this case is her life. In the whole stanza, instead of mourning over how she is loosing the life she had, she "gaze[s]," at it. The whole stanza depicts a slow carriage ride going through each stage of her life, thus contributing to the calm tone. ...read more.


Additionally, the last word "eternity," which connotes to be a timeless state into which the soul passes at a person's death, clearly shows that she had no reason to fear death, because it was "kind," enough to let her continue her life in the spiritual world. This stanza exemplifies how death should not be feared because we live for "eternity". Even after her death, she still views death in a positive light, contributing to the tone, and complementing the meaning of Dickinson's poem. Through the use of literary techniques in all five stanzas, Dickinson expresses a journey to death, and conveys that death should not be feared through a calm tone. Through diction and tone, one can clearly see Dickinson's views on death. By the literary techniques in each stanza, one can clearly see that death is being put in a positive light. Dickinson evidently expresses that death should not be feared but should be welcomed because death is not the end. We have to come across death at some point in life showing that it not escapable. It is better to accept the fact and not fear this inevitable event in our life. It may be come upon us unexpectedly like it did in this poem, but it should never be feared for because we live for "eternity." ...read more.

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