Because I Could Not Stop For Death Literary Devices

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[Because I could not stop for Death--] By Emily Dickinson The poet, Emily Dickinson, uses literary devices such as imagery and symbols to convey the message of immortality through death. Death and life is a common factor of this poem, just as much of Dickinson poems. The speaker of the poem sends reader through, what seems to be her telling us about her experience of death. The way the speaker speaks of death—as if it is some well-tailored kind gentleman who she is on this intriguing journey with, to her grave. “Because I could not stop for Death—he kindly stopped for me--”… She shows the metaphor that death is something to be ok with, for it is a normal way of life. At the end of the first stanza, the reader speaks on being in a carriage with the “gentleman” that is death. The carriage could be a metaphor of her casket taking her to her grave. "I had put away my labor and my leisure too"...You can assume throughout the poem that the speaker is a female and that her death has made her have the time for things she probably once never got a chance to when she was living.…show more content…
There are small parts of slant rhyme, such as “chill and Tulle” in the fourth stanza. This poem does have an iambic tetrameter (ex. We | slow | ly | drove | He | knew | no | haste) eight-meter beat in every stanza. Dickinson only uses a punctuation mark once, and that is in the first stanza of the poem. Being that death “kindly stopped” for her, the speaker possibly used the period to show that pause or halt. After the first stanza, she no longer uses a period but dashes to show a connection, and it also becomes one big sentence. One may take this as her showing her passing journey through “town” (her life memories) to her grave with the “gentleman” called

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