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Emily Dickinsons Because I could not stop for Death is a remarkable masterpiece that exercises thought between the known and the unknown 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 creativity One might agree to an eerie haunting if not frightening tone in Dickinsons poem Dickinson uses controlling adjectivesslowly and passedto create a tone that seems rather calm 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 The tone in Dickinsons poem will put its readers ideas on a track heading towards a confusing atmosphere Dickinsons masterpiece lives on complex ideas that are caused to appear 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 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 Emily Dickinson dresses the scene such that mental pictures of sight feeling and sound come to life The imagery begins the moment Dickinson invites Her reader into the Carriage Death slowly takes the readers on a sight seeing trip where they see the stages of life The first site We passed was the School where Children strove Because it deals with an important symbol the Ringthis first scene is perhaps the most important In addition at recess the children performed a venerable ritual perhaps known to all in a ring The imagery in the final scene We passed the Setting
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