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Emily Dickinson In Emily Dickinsons Because I could not stop for Death 448 the speaker of the poem is a woman who relates about a situation after her death The speaker personifies death as a polite and considerate gentleman who takes her in a carriage for a romantic journey however at the end of this poem she finishes her expedition realizing that she has died many years ago The poem contains six quatrains and does not follow any consistent rhyme scheme Every line starts with a strong beat and ends up with a weak beat The first and third lines in each stanza have iambic tetrameter but the second and fourth lines do not contain any consistent meter The feet generate a rhythm the following way Bevcause Iv could notV stop forv Death Hev kindlyv stopped forv me This rhythm mimics the sound of horses hooves on the ground Emily Dickinson correlates the speakers expression of her journey toward Eternity-l 24 with horses hoofed feet in her allegory Class note In the first stanza she begins her journey with a refined gentleman named Death who takes her in the carriage Even though in the first line Because I could not stop for Death l 1 the poet gives us a hint of the speakers disappearance in the world the speaker thinks that she is still alive The poet chooses a special term Immortality l 4 to show that at the beginning of her journey the speaker is young and enthusiastic to tell about her existence of life in the world and that she cannot think of dying In the second stanza Death drives her so smoothly and gently that the ride makes her very happy She is so na and adolescent that she leaves her worldly activities and gets ready to go out and spend time with her boyfriend She gives him her possessions her labor and leisure
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