ON BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH

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Abstract:DeathandeternityarethemajorthemesinmostofEmilyDickinson’s
poems.“BecauseIcouldnotstopfordeath”isoneofherclassicpoems.
Throughtheanalysis,thisessayclarifiesinfiniteconceptionsbythe
dialecticalrelationshipbetweenrealityandimagination,theknownand
theunknown.Andittellswhat’seternityinDickson’seyes.

Keywords:death,eternity,finite,infinite



Introduction
EmilyDickinson(1830-1886),theAmericanbest-knownfemalepoet,was
oneoftheforemostauthorsinAmericanliterature.EmilyDickinson’s
poems,aswellasWaltWhitman’s,wereconsideredasapartof"American
renaissance";theywereregardedaspioneersofimagism.Bothofthemrejected
customandrecEivedwisdomandexperimentedwithpoeticstyle.Shehowever
differsfromWhitmaninavarietyofways.Foronething,Whitmanseems
tokeephiseyeonsocietyatlarge;Dickinsonexplorestheinnerlife
oftheindividual.WhereasWhitmanis"national"inhisoutlook,Dickinson
is"regional"

EmilyDickinsonwasborninAmherst,Massachusetts,onDecember10,1830.
Shelivedalmostherentirelifeinthesametown(muchofitinthesame
house),traveledinfrequently,nevermarried,andinherlastyearsnever
leftthegroundsofherfamily.Soshewascalled"vestalofAmherst".
Andyetdespitethisnarrow--somemightsay--pathologicallyconstricted-outward
experience,shewasanextremelyintelligent,highlysensitive,anddeeply
passionatepersonwhothroughoutheradultlifewrotepoems(addupto
around2000)thatwerestartlinglyoriginalinbothcontentandtechnique,
poemsthatwouldprofoundlyinfluenceseveralgenerationsofAmericanpoets
andthatwouldwinherasecurepositionasoneofthegreatestpoetsthat
Americahaseverproduced.

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