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Because I Could Not Stop For Death.

Explain the literary devices that are in the poem and use example of them. Summarize poem and understand the meaning.
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Gabriella Wilk

on 30 October 2012

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Transcript of Because I Could Not Stop For Death.

Because I Could Not Stop For Death 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 labour and leisure too,
For His Civility -

We passed the School, were Children strove At Recess - in the Ring -
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain -
We passed the Setting Sun -

Or rather - He passed us -
The Dews drew quivering and chill -
For only Gossamer, my Gown -
My Tippet - only Tulle -
We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground -
The Roof was scarcely visible -
The Cornice - In the Ground -

Since then - 'tis Centuries - and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity By: Emily Dickinson Literary Devices Summary: Symbolism- The practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.
Metaphor- A figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance.
Personification- The attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure.
Imagery- The formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively. Organization-
The lines of a poem will normally be organized into STANZAS. It is a sequence of lines
rhyming together, according to certain patterns affecting the number and length of lines and the
rhyme sequences or combinations
Alliteration- The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Rhyme- Correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, esp. when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry. Hyperbole- Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Allegory- A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
Paradox- A statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that... Alliteration: "horse's Heads" & "gossamer gown"
Metaphor: Notice that death appears to pick up the speaker in a carriage. That's the metaphor that continues throughout the poem.
Personification: "The dews drew quivering and chill." & "He kindly stopped for me". Also, "gazing grain". Hyperbole: Hyperbole - "Since then- 'tis Centuries- and yet, Feels shorter than the Day."
Imagery: "We paused before a house that seemed A swelling of the ground;The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound." This makes an image in your mind of tombstones.
Symbolism: Dickinson uses the sunset as a symbol and foreshadowing of death.
Paradox: The part about the speaker not stopping for death, so death kindly stopped for the speaker, is a paradox. Allegory: The title"Because I Could Not Stop For Death" is an allegory because she(the main character) was too busy to die.
Organization: This poem is organized into neat four sentence stanzas which make it easy to read, and good in appearance.
Rhyme: The rhyme isn't regular (meaning it doesn't follow a particular pattern) but there is rhyme in this poem. "Me" rhymes with "Immortality" and, farther down the poem, with "Civility" and, finally, "Eternity." Scattering this same rhyme unevenly throughout the poem really ties the sound of poem together. Prezi made by: Gabriella Wilk The speaker is dead. But the even cooler thing is that we don't know this for sure until the last stanza. So the speaker is a ghost or spirit thinking back to the day of her death. She's actually pretty calm about it too. Maybe because she's been dead for so long she's not so freaked out about it anymore, or maybe she was ready to die when she did; either way, she's completely at ease with it now and looks back at that day almost fondly.This was a memorable day for her, though. Centuries have passed and she still remembers everything so vividly – what they passed on the way, when she got chilly, what the grave looked like, and she especially remembers the feeling she got when she looked at those horse heads More Literary Devices Even More Literary Devices Descriptions Here, the author uses the literary devices in the poem. The house in stanza 5 is very important. Think about it...a house nearly buried in the ground...it's a tomb. The final stanza is a real punch in the gut. To "surmise" here means essentially to realize. It's not till they arrive at the cemetery that the speaker realizes what this carriage ride has really been. It's the end of her life By: Emily Dickinson Prezi made by: Gabriella Wilk
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