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In Emily Dickinsons poem Because I Could Not Stop for Death she uses various types of figurative language and imagery personification metaphor and symbol to portray the idea that death is not a dreadful event but actually a pleasant experience Emily Dickinson uses personification giving human like qualities to an object or idea In this poem death is seen as a gentleman caller Death is coming to pick her up for a date in a carriage He kindly stopped for me- is ironic because it shows she would rather not go but since he is a kind polite man she will go A metaphor transfers the sense of one word to another BartonHudson 99 Dickinson relates a house to a grave We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground- The Roof was scarcely visible- The Cornice-in the Ground- The Swelling of the Ground is her new house her grave The Roof is the new dirt that was dug up and relocated on top of her and the Cornice is the new tombstone molded into the ground Symbolism is the use of an image intended both to stand on its own right and attract meanings to itself Hunt 1579 This is maneuvered in stanza three We passed the School where children strove At Recess-in the Ring- We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain- We passed the Setting Sun- As a whole the speaker is visualizing her life flashing before her eyes The school symbolizes youth which is short and fun Fields of Gazing Grain is a symbol for adulthood or the long middle part of life And the setting sun contributes to old age or near death Besides symbolism We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain involves personification and visual image Gazing Grain gives the impression that the grain is gazing or looking and following the sun patterns The audience can actually imagine the
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