Emily Dickinson Figurative Language

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Many may consider death to be an unknown entity that can either deliver eternal peace or an immense amount of grief and sorrow. Others could also view death as an unfortunate and unexpected outcome that surrounds and disrupts individuals’ everyday lives. Hence, the majority of people are most likely frightened by the depressing concept of death. However, Emily Dickinson may have thought otherwise. As one of the most prominent female poets of the 19th century, Dickinson’s works have certainly come to be classified as renowned pieces of literature. Despite, her isolation from the world and the fact that her works weren’t truly acknowledged or recognized until after her death, they are presently well-known for Dickinson’s incorporation of her…show more content…
Within the first few lines, personification is evident as “Death” is described as a male suitor and driver who picks up the speaker and embarks on a carriage ride along with the speaker and “Immorality” (I.4), who also personified and accompanies them. The speaker also states how the character, “Death”, displays and performs several human-like qualities and actions, such as, “He kindly stopped for me-” (I.2) ,“He knew no haste” (II.5), and “His Civility” (II.8). By using personification, the poet characterized “Death” as a polite, considerate, and patient human being, rather, than a tragic event or an anonymous dark figure that is usually related to evil or fear. This conveys to readers that the speaker isn’t afraid of death and is accepting it. Beside personification, Dickinson also includes metaphors within the poem, such as, the “House” (V.17) that is mentioned within the last quatrain. Dickinson compares a grave to a house, which helps create the sense that the speaker is comfortable and seems to transmit a familiar and pleasant atmosphere to readers. By utilizing figurative language, Dickinson suggests to readers that death shouldn’t be a subject that one should be afraid of experiencing or
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