Analysis Of `` Because I Could Not Stop For Death ``

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Themes of death all ring loud and clear in Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death”, Donne’s “Death, be not proud”, and Cherry’s “Alzheimer’s”. The poems are not explicitly about the act of dying, but death is personified or even foreshadowed in the work. Each piece has a different tone when referencing Death. Two of the poems reference Death by name, the last poem doesn’t specifically speak about dying or death per se, but based on the title, “Alzheimer’s”, it is clear that death is imminent for the man in the poem.
First, Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death” is obvious in its theme of death in comparison to the others listed in the previous paragraph. The narrator of this poem uses a figure of speech to describe Death as a kind person taking the time to pick her up since she was too busy for him (Dickinson 566). Death is described as warm and kind throughout most of this poem, with only two stanzas depicting a sinister feeling when she actually realizes that she is dead. The speaker tells about a carriage ride with Death, a metaphor for the act of dying. This poem, in fact, is built on metaphors, alliterations, anaphora, paradox and it’s written in lyric form; it’s got a beat to it when read. The poem contains six stanzas with four lines in each making it a quatrain. “Because I could not stop for Death” also uses symbols in its text to establish the speaker’s lifetime. The speaker tells of the carriage ride past the school where children…
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