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Emily Dickinson's Attitudes towards Mortality in Works Because I Could Not Stop for Death, I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died, and I Felt a Funeral in My Brain
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With reference to at least three poems discuss Emily Dickinsons attitudes towards mortality Emily Dickinsons poems Because I Could Not Stop for Death I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died and I Felt A Funeral In My Brain all deal with one of lifes few certainties death Dickinsons intense curiosity towards mortality was present in much of her work and is her legacy as a poet Because I could Not Stop for Death is one of Emily Dickinsons most discussed and famous poems due to its ambiguous and unique view on the popular subject of death Death in this poem is told as a womans last trip which is headed toward eternity This poem helps to characterize and bring death down to a more personal level Different from the more popular views of death being brutal and cruel Dickinson makes death seem passive and easy The theme of the poem being that death is natural and unstoppable for everybody but at the same time giving comfort that it is not the end of a souls journey The reader can recognize the poems theme by analysing its voice imagery figures of speech form diction and especially symbolism all of which help the reader to understand the poems meaning The precise form that Dickinson uses throughout the poem helps convey her message to the reader The poem is written in five quatrains The way in which each stanza is written i n a quatrain gives the poem unity and makes it easy to read Because I Could Not Stop for Death starts to gives the reader a feeling of forward movement throughout the second and third quatrain For example in line 5 Dickinson begins deaths journey with a slow forward movement which can be seen as she writes We slowly drove-He knew no haste The third quatrain seems to speed up as the trinity of death immortality and the speaker pass the children
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