Because I Could Not Stop For Death Notes





Explanation 1-4:
Reference: These lines have been taken from ‘ Because I Could Not Stop For Death’ written by Emily Dickinson.
Context: The poet describes her imaginary experience of moving in the company of Death and Immortality in carriage and then after her death. She considers death a kind and considerate friend. When death comes to the poet, she welcomes him and is thankful to him for his arrival. She leaves all her worldly pursuits and sits in the carriage which death has brought for her transportation.
Explanation:
The poetess, Emily Dickinson, could not stop for death. Death reached her. The carriage stopped. Death and Emily Dickinson were in the carriage besides immortality.
Actually, most of the Emily’s poetry is religious. She talks about the death and gentle nature of its approach.
Explanation 5-8:
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Explanation:
The carriage was going slowly. There was no haste. The poetess has to put away her labor and her leisure in respect of death. She has to accompany with death.
The poetess mentions the process of life and death. Nobody can resist to death. Every body has to face death.
Explanation 9-12:
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Explanation:
The poetess mentions the process of departure. They crossed near the school were the children were playing. They passed near the field of gazing grains. They passed near the setting sun to complete their journey.
In these lines the funeral of poetess is traveling to its destination where she will be buried.
Explanation 13-16:
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Explanation:
The poetess narrates in this extract the process before burial. She is feeling quivering and chill. Her last Gown is of Gossamer and her tippet is of delicate thin fiber.
This extract shows that the poetess has a deep knowledge of life and death. She mentions everything quite masterly.



Explanation-20:
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Explanation:
The poetess narrates well the burial process. The carriage reached near a swelling ground. There is no roof over this house. The cornice was lying on the ground.
Literature always runs on two levels. So the deeper meaning of this extract is that they reached near the grave and the poetess was to be buried.
Explanation 21-24:
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Explanation:
The poetess in the last extract expresses the process in the grave. She is in the grave for a long time but she is feeling as if only one day has passed. When the carriage of death came to her, she guessed that the carriage would bring her towards eternity.
Death and wait in the grave for the Day of Judgment are very easy and short for the pious.


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