Dickinson states in the poem that 'He kindly stopped for me --' 14, 18. Passing the setting sun can be geographical, but here if they pass the setting sun it suggests that they are passing through day time into night: the setting sun passes them spatially in space and they pass the setting sun temporally in time. Carriages were used by wealthy people in the nineteenth century to travel. Lines 6-8 People spend much of their lives keeping busy with work or amused with play so that they do not have to think about their own imminent death. . Immortality rides along, but is silent.
She anticipated only a temporary delay. The poet must be writing either as a dying or dead person whose normal life Death has interrupted. She is not properly dressed for their journey; she is wearing only a gossamer gown and tulle tippet gossamer: very light, thin cloth; tulle: a thin, fine netting used for veils, scarfs, etc. She has set down all she wanted to do in life, and willingly entered the carriage with Death and Immortality. The drive her leaving life. Now, the sense of motion is quickened or perhaps, more exactly, the sense of time comes to an end as they pass the cycles of the day and the seasons of the year.
Her own personal struggles with the concept of death give Dickinson the ability to capture the mystery and possibilities of the final departure with words; she was able to translate the true emotions associated with death into poetry. It is easy to see why she felt familiar with death. But, since Dickinson says that she is in love with death, the idea is rather complicated. Safe in their Alabaster Chambers— Untouched by Morning And untouched by Noon— Sleep the meek members of the Resurrection— Rafter of satin, And Roof of stone. Most notably during this phase in her life, however, Dickinson developed an occupation with the concept of death and the possibility of an afterlife. A number of poets in particular have used death frequently in their writing.
Dick, a devoutly secular thinker, removes religiosity from dying. It seems, at first glance, to have the more neutral meaning here. The theme of death is further separated into two major categories including the curiosity Dickinson held of the process of dying and the feelings accompanied with it and the reaction to the death of a loved one. This poem reveals Dickinson at her best—a poet who is in complete control of her material. Has the poet now entered eternal night or an immortal twilight realm? The surface looked like a roof to the house of the dead. In that same year, Dickinson initiated a correspondence with , the literary editor of the Atlantic Monthly magazine.
Dickinson describes this death so well it is almost as if she is writing about her own death. Also examine the arrangements of the words, phrases and sentences in the poem. Life is a short span of time that death allows. The setting sun indicates an ending, but it is only temporary. Here, Death is a gentleman, perhaps handsome and well-groomed, who makes a call at the home of a naive young woman. Because I could not stop for Death— He kindly stopped for me— The Carriage held but just Ourselves— And Immortality. Are we on a road looking across at these features, or in the air looking down? The grain, coming after the playing children, may even be thought of as childlike in that it gazes perhaps in innocent fascination like children do.
She commentates the experience play by play, chronicling her actions and vision from the time he arrived to pick her up in his carriage to her final resting place. But the poem is remarkable is its style and metaphor. As they pass it by, she seems to pass into a new dimension. Source: Chris Semansky, in an essay for Poetry for Students, Gale, 1997. The journey or drive she made with her partner Death is an allegory of life. This poem's setting mirrors the circumstances by which death approaches, and death appears kind and compassionate. This is where her body will be housed while her soul journeys onward.
She uses personification to portray Death and Immortality as characters. I have followed the version used by Thomas H. Another symptom of the disease was sneezing. Now that she sees her small, damp, eternal home, she feels cheated. It is a true, but unpleasant fact. In light of the cyclical nature of most of the poem, though, it is easy to see why she would want to loop eternity back upon itself, from centuries later back to the moment that eternity started for her.
Then she becomes aware that she is under dressed. Or, she is just too busy to bother to think about death. Oddly enough, there is no bolt of lightning or clap of thunder. Her funeral procession ends not in the sky, or heavens, but in the ground. Also, Christians consider life after death as an eternal state. Incidentally mentioned, the third passenger in the coach is a silent, mysterious stranger named Immortality. Like many great poems the poem seems finally to examine us with its inexhaustible suggestiveness more than we can examine or fully understand it, and seems to read us as much as we read it.
Her perspective on her life, as well as her disillusionment from her surroundings, became reflected in her poems. Lines 13-16 Here again we see, as in line 5, that Death has no concept of time or earthly concerns. In… 3970 Words 16 Pages The Themes of Emily Dickinson's Poetry Emily Dickinson was a great American poet who has had a lasting effect on poetry, yet she was a very complicated poet in the 1860's to understand, because of her thought patterns. The theme of death has been approached in many different ways. We passed the school where children played, Their lessons scarcely done; We passed the fields of gazing grain, We passed the setting sun.
As the poem starts, the reader suspects it will concern happiness and contentment. Taking us without consent from our lives which we already have no power over , and thrusting us into an incomprehensible eternity is not exactly a kind act to commit, thus irony was used in this case. We slowly drove, he knew no haste, And I had put away My labour, and my leisure too, For his civility. She feels eager and impatient like a bride before marriage to access the path of the eternal journey of death. This seems to be just a way station, though the woman does not seem to know it at this point.