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Abstract Death and eternity are the major themes in most of Emily Dickinsons poems Because I could not stop for death is one of her classic poems Through the analysis this essay clarifies infinite conceptions by the dialectical relationship between reality and imagination the known and the unknown And it tells whats eternity in Dicksons eyes Keywords death eternity finite infinite Introduction Emily Dickinson1830-1886 the American best-known female poet was one of the foremost authors in American literature Emily Dickinson s poems as well as Walt Whitmans were considered as a part of American renaissance they were regarded as pioneers of imagism Both of them rejected custom and received wisdom and experimented with poetic style She however differs from Whitman in a variety of ways For one thing Whitman seems to keep his eye on society at large Dickinson explores the inner life of the individual Whereas Whitman is national in his outlook Dickinson is regional Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst Massachusetts on December 101830 She lived almost her entire life in the same town much of it in the same house traveled infrequently never married and in her last years never left the grounds of her family So she was called vestal of Amherst And yet despite this narrow -- some might say -- pathologically constricted-outward experience she was an extremely intelligent highly sensitive and deeply passionate person who throughout her adult life wrote poems add up to around 2000 that were startlingly original in both content and technique poems that would profoundly influence several generations of American poets and that would win her a secure position as one of the greatest poets that America has ever produced Dickinsons simply constructed yet intensely felt acutely intellectual writings take as their subject issues vital to humanity the agonies and ecstasies of love sexuality the unfathomable nature of death the horrors of war God and religious belief the
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