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Because I could not stop for DeathEmily Dickinsons Because I could not stop for Death is a remarkable masterpiece that exercises thought between the known and the unknown Critics call Emily Dickinsons poem a masterpiece with strange haunting power In Dickinsons poem Because I could not stop for Death there is much impression in the tone in symbols and in the use of imagery that exudes creativityOne might undoubtedly agree to an eerie haunting if not frightening tone in Dickinsons poem Dickinson uses controlling adjectivesslowly and passedto create a tone that seems rather placid For example We slowly droveHe knew no haste We passed the School We passed the Setting Sun sets a slow quiet calm and dreamy atmosphere 5 9 11 12 One thing that impresses us one author wrote is the remarkable placidity or composure of its tone Greenberg 128 The tone in Dickinsons poem will put its readers ideas on a unifying track heading towards a boggling atmosphereDickinsons masterpiece lives on complex ideas that are evoked through symbols which carry her readers through her poem Besides the literal significance of the School Gazing Grain Setting Sun and the Ringmuch is gathered to complete the poems central idea Emily brought to light the mysteriousness of lifes cycle Ungraspable to many the cycle of ones life as symbolized by Dickinson has three stages and then a final stage of eternity These three stages are recognized by Mary N Shaw as follows School where children strove9 may represent childhood Fields of Gazing Grain11 maturity and Setting Sun 12 old age 21 In addition to these three stages the final stage of eternity was symbolized in the last two lines of the poem the Horses Heads 23 leading towards Eternity 24 Dickinson fathomed the incomprehensible progression of life by unraveling its complexity with figurative symbols Emily Dickinson dresses the scene such that mental pictures of sight feeling and sound come to life The imagery
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