Some of Emily Dickinson’s poems have powerful links that people may have approached in life
Some of Emily Dickinson’s poems have powerful links that people may have approached in life. Dickinson wrote about what she knew and about what fascinated her mostly. If you really think about that, it shows how much you can come up with when writing because you start getting interest in what you are doing and start thinking more about it. On some of her poems, she uses images from religion, nature, music, commerce, and fashion to universal topics. When it comes down to all of this, you finally start to realize that these are all activities that we come surrounded by daily and we may not even be aware of how we can gather up information that we perform all the time and sit down somewhere, clear your mind, and basically start writing your whole life as a poem. It sounds really legit when you finally start to think about it. This is what Dickinson is essentially doing in her poems, writing down her daily activities or situations that she comes among and summarizes everything down. Dickinson would also question the nature of immorality and death, things that usually does not come up in our minds, which makes her has a poet absorbing.
Dickinson’s poems interconnects to topics that some of us don’t even think about daily and one of the poems that I thought that would fit in to her interest on reality is “Because I could not stop for Death.” This poem has probably been of one the most interesting ones that I’ve read and came in contact to in our class. It comes up with two topic themes which are morality and immorality. It brings a rhythmic and lovely quality in to it, which is why this poem tends to be good because of how it brings out the theories that we as the people never got to thinking about. I just feel like reading more of her poems like these will actually start to make you think differently about your life and what happens next once you become deceased. It may sound crazy, but it is actually an interesting thing to learn about. In the poem, we find out the background of the speaker’s death day as it is being notified for a period of time. The speaker is communicating from beyond the grave as she is recounting her expedition with Death that is symbolized from life to afterlife. The persona of this poem encounters with demise. Death is the form of a gentleman suitor which stops to pick up the speaker and take her on a ride in the horse drawn carriage. In the stanzas of the poem, everything seems to be flowing smooth at a pretty relaxed pace and the speaker is relieved with gentleman. In the first stanza, it seems as if the speaker is too busy for Death, as she claims, “Because I could not stop for Death”, (E. Dickinson 566). The fact that she is stating that she can not stop for Death comes to conclusion that she did not have a decision about when she was going to die. When you come to think about this, the speaker is giving the reader a little reminder that it is not up to us when we die, only time will tell. You can see on this line how she visualies she could not stop for death, meaning that she didn’t have a choice to make. The speaker goes on to talk about how the gentleman stopped for her in the carriage.
She goes on throughout the poem to talk about her journey with Death. In the second stanza, they seemed to not be in rush to wherever it was that they were heading to as she states, “We slowly drove-He knew no haste.” (E.Dickinson 566). This ensures that the speaker does not show any type of fear or remorse of Death. The way the flow of this poem is going is at quite a slow pace which is suppose to make us feel suspenseful and leave us pondering what is going to happen next. The speaker goes on to say how distracted she got form Death and how much of her time she has given up to follow him. She tells us everything she sees in the playground during recess and describes the type of background she passes by. On the thirteenth line in the third stanza where she points out “Or rather- He passed Us-,” you can notice that long pause that was made, this is to inform us that things may go from being a bright regular day into something sepulcher (E. Dickinson 566). The structure of this poem is laid out unique for the reason that she uses such words like “Gossamer” which is used to describe her gown as a very thin material.
The poem starts to get utterly sinister on the fifth stanza. The speaker uses the term “house” on the seventeenth line to indicate the place of her burial which Death had just led her to her spot! She explains the house and the cornice that is the pointiest part of the roof and here it is in the ground. As you can see, there was no turning back now! The last few lines of the poem where she states “Tis Centuries”, we come to realize that speaker is telling a recent memory that happened many years ago, meaning that she has been dead the entire time! She recalls the first time where she encountered the horse-carriage and I think those horses were to signify her journey to the afterlife. To wrap it all up, the ride of the speaker took place many years ago as she recollects her occurrence.
The poem is structured in a very dark motive as you keep reading towards the stanza and it also keeps the audience think what is going to happen next. What we really get out of this is how we can never know when death is coming or how it is going to be like. I feel like what Dickinson was trying to do was to get us to think more about what may happen in the afterlife, she wants us to further our thoughts deep into our morality than reality, which is what makes this poem great to read to individuals. By doing so, she fantasies death as a person and herself as the follower. When then realize at the end of the poem that the speaker is dead and she left us knowing about that at the end of the stanza which became the biggest twist in the story as a result. Dickinson may be a different type of poet than others the way that how most of her poems are more focused on life and death situations, maybe she wanted to be divergent than other poets out there because she might have felt like all of them wrote poems that relate to each other, so tried switching things up a notch. I chose this poem due to the fact that it was different from most poems that I have read before and shares such unique and suspenseful taste to it as well also.