Thursday, January 18, 2018


Emily Dickinson had a strong obsession with death. Many of her best poems concentrate on death. In fact, Death is a very common subject in literature. In Donne's poem we have noticed that he is not ready to give any importance to death. Unlike Donne, Dickinson is describing death as a kindly touched inevitable force. In the poem Because I could not stop for Death she describes about this touch.

In this mortal life we are very free in this earth. Also we are very busy with our works and responsibilities. So hardly, when very busy, we think, about death. However, the poet is saying that Death shopped for her. Clearly it indicates that the poem is a narration from another world, after death.

“Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.”
 According to the poet, death is an all time follower or companion to our livers. Life and Death grow together; pass their time gradually and after a certain period they mingle into each other. This is the reunion. But for that there is no haste from death's part. On the other hand, life approaches for that sure direction in every step of time. This is rational and inevitable.

The whole course of life is a journey where death is a sure companion. The chariot of life is taking the poet towards eternity. Obviously this is a personal belief of the poet. We are not quite sure about life after death, particularly after entering in to the grave. So, we can conclude that life in this earth is limited, but after death it is eternal. And for our poet death is that companion of ours that stays with us always and after the ending of the permitted period it directs us toward eternity.

Dickinson’s Attitude towards death in “Because I could not stop for Death”

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