A Short Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s ‘Because I could not stop for Death’

This is, undoubtedly my favourite Emily Dickinson poem and the analysis provided by Interesting Literature serves to elucidate it’s meaning.

Interesting Literature

A critical reading of a classic Dickinson poem

In ‘Because I could not stop for Death’ Emily Dickinson writes about one of her favourite subjects: death. But the journey she describes is intriguing: is it faintly comical, or grimly macabre? Below are some notes towards an analysis of ‘Because I could not stop for Death’ which address the poem’s language and meaning.

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

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