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Emily Dickinsons poem Because I could not stop for Death has been refered to as a remarkable masterpiece that exercises thought between the known and the unknown by symbolicailly and metaphoricailly taking the reader through the journey of creation life and ultimatly death In this poem Dickinson portrays a strange haunting power through her words Because I could not stop for Death uses tone symbols and powerful imagery in an attempt to allow the reader to relate to Dickinsons own self developed perception of mortality and deathDickinsons masterpiece is created to thrive on complex ideas that are evoked through symbols which help establish the significance of her theme throughout her poem Aside from the literal significance of the School Gazing Grain and the Setting Sun these images also contribute to the poem in a metaphorical sense Perhaps in an attempt to identify the reader with certain common stages of life The School where the children strove could represent childhood youth and innocents while the Fields of grazing grain represent maturity and the setting sun represents old age gradually nearing the end of ones mortal existance In addition to these three stages the final stage of eternity was symbolized in the last two lines of the poem the Horses Heads leading towards Eternity Dickinson fathomed the incomprehensible progression of life by unraveling its complexity with figurative symbols However the imagery begins the moment Dickinson invites her reader into the Carriage Death slowly takes the readers on a sight seeing trip where they begin by observing the stages of life The Carriage represents a vehicle used as a mode of transportation Perhaps iluding to the perspective that death is a ride through life This is exactly what occurs in the poem The narrator is being driven through life in the carriage beginning with the school youth innocents traveling to the sunset old age and ending at the house with the swelling of the ground This House
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