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February 10, 2006

Poetry selections

Poetry Selections -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

Death by Emily Dickinson
This was the only poem that I believe I knew what was going on. I am not a great reader of poems and I often have a hard time determining what was happening.. But this is how I interpreted the poem..

Because I could not stop for death,
He kindly stopped for me:
The carriage held but just ourselves
And immortality.

I interpreted this as death was the driver of the carriage.. and she used kindly which makes me think that she was ready for it and not afraid to get into the carriage with death.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And i had put away
My labor and my leisure too
For his civility.

It means that she was not in a hurry for death and neither was death. But that her labor and her leisure time were nothing now and that she is stopping all of that for death.

In stanzas 9 through twelve it talks about first the children, then being more of an adult than death.. It is just letting her see the stages of life.

WE paused before the house that seemed
a swelling in the ground
the roof was scarely visible
the cornice but a mound.

She finally arrived to the grave site and it is time for death.

Posted by Brittney Aller at February 10, 2006 07:27 AM

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