Emily Dickinson's Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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Irony in Emily Dickinson’s Because I Could Not Stop For Death There is irony used throughout this poem by Emily Dickinson. A woman is telling her story of how she was brought to her own grave by a gentleman named Death. This man takes her on a unhurried ride to her own grave. She was distracted by her newfound suitor that she did not realize at first the real meaning of her journey that she was taking with this man. They pass by kids, a field, and a setting sun because she is distracted by mortal scenes. Unfortunately she is being lead to her death and will no longer bother with mortal life. At the end of this poem, she is laid to rest for an eternity. A woman gets a surprise visit from Death. Many people are too busy in everyday life to think about death, but as she stated in the poem, he kindly stopped for her. Even though no one wants death knocking at their door, she is flattered by his company. In the 19th century, it would be appalling for a young woman to take a carriage ride with a man she didn’t know. However, there is someone named Immortality in the carriage with them, but he goes unnoticed.…show more content…
One reason may be because death has no notion of time. Death also may not be worried about time because she is possibly already dead. They pass a play ground with children, they pass a field with grazing grain, and they passed the setting sun. She is still distracted by life and mortal things, but she chose this journey with death. She might be realizing that this will be the last time she sees these things. The passing of the kids, the field, and the setting suns signals the passage of time. As they pass these things, they are getting closer to the end of their
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