Figurative Language And Imagery Of Emily Dickinson 's `` Because I Could Not Stop For Death ``

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Emily Dickinson is considered to be one of the greatest poets of figurative language and imagery. I found her poem “Because I could Not Stop for Death” to be an exemplary illustration of those forms of writing. Enlaced with the personifications of Death, Immortality, and Eternity; Dickinson reaches into the depths of the reader’s psyche and transports them on a journey into her world of life after death. In this essay, I will attempt to show that due to certain event that occurred towards the end of her life that death’s arrival; although premature, was a welcomed relief and set the tone of the poem. The negative attributes that are normally associated with the arrival of death are replaced with a memorable carriage ride to meet the narrator’s eternity. The figurative writing within the poem leaves plenty of room for different interpretations of its meaning; however, Dickinson leave many key indicators within the symbolism and figurative language of the poem to convey a clear understanding, that is once you analyze all the facts. Many critics would like to date this poem back to around 1863, but if we really pay attention to one of the mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, you can find that many critics point out that she wrote many of her poems base on events of her life which could suggest a timeline for this poem not to be 1863, but somewhere around early to mid-1880’s. Marie Rose Napierkowski and Mary Ruby point out some key facts in
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