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Because I Could Not Stop for Death
Transcript of Because I Could Not Stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
We passed the school, where 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 grew 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 but a mound.
Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity. (T)itle-
Life goes on. Death can not be stopped. (P)araphrase-
1st Stanza~ Death got the her even though she was not ready to die. Once you die, you then live forever.
2nd Stanza~ Death went by its own time. It was not scary was "civil".
3rd Stanza~ They passed by everday life events until the sun set.
4th Stanza~ When death passed, he was cold because she was lightly clothed.
5th Stanza~ They pause at a house that could not be completely seen. Only the roof was visible.
6th Stanza~ Centuries have passed, but the day feels longer. The carriage heads towards eternity. (C)onnotation-
1st Stanza~ She was not ready to die. However death was inevitable. Personification is used by referring to "death" as "he".
2nd Stanza~ After death, time ceases to matter and all worrys are washed away.
3rd Stanza~ The everday life events could actually be past memories. There is a contrast between new/young and life/death. Although life ends, death is peaceful.
4th Stanza~ A shift in tone takes place. She realizes that she is dead and becomes scared, creating a chilling feeling.
5th Stanza~ The house mentioned is important to her, a possible sanctuary. It represents her memory of home and life.
6th Stanza~ The day of her death was never ending because she did not want to die. This was the road to eternity. (A)ttitude/Tone-
The tone is detached. Death, put away, no haste, eternity, and immortality were words used to support this.
Later, the tone became sentimental. Setting sun, gazing grain, school, and children were words used to support this. (S)hifts-
There is a shift in tone. In paragraphs 1-3, she is understanding with her situation. However, she becomes scared in paragraph 4. She truely becomes aware of her situation. (T)itle-
No one wants to die, but we all die. Even if one is not ready for their life to end, death can not be stopped. (T)heme-
Death is a force that can not be stopped. Once life is over, it is over. Afterwards, you will reflect on your past actions, so put a considerable amount of thought into your life choices. The End