BECAUSE I COULD NOT STROP FOR DEATH

 

Q.1.   Why has the poetess used the image of the journey? Why could not Emily Dickison wait for death and what happened when death himself called on her? 2008(S-II)

 

In this poem, the poetess tells her imaginary journey in the company of death from this temporary world to the next world. It is also symbolic of the journey of the funeral procession from home to the grave.

The poetess says that she was too busy in her daily routine of life to stop for death. Death himself, in his civility and kindness, came to her in his carriage. He was so kind and nice to her that she left her all activities, work, and the moments of leisure for the sake of death and his civility. The poetess readily boarded the carriage. In the carriage, there were only poetess, death, and immortality/ eternity.

The poetess says that they started their journey to the eternal world slowly. They passed the school where students were playing, the fields where grain was gazing at them, and the setting sun. On the way, dewdrops began to fall. She began to quire with cold because she was not wearing a warm dress. The poetess arrived at a house which was her grave. It was just a mound of earth. Her journey ended there. When she started her journey she thought that the carriage was going towards eternity. But it stopped at the grave only. Centuries have been passed yet this period seems to her shorter than a day. 232

 

Q.2.   What is the attitude of the poetess towards death?

Or     What kind of picture of death Emily Dickinson draws in her poem Because I could not strop for death? 2005

Or       Death is a very courteous host in “Because I could not stop for death” Expalin.2006

Or       Death is not a sergeant but a friend and guide. Elaborate.2008-I,

Or       Death is no means dreadful. He is friendly and patronizing. Comment. 2008-II  OR What sort of companion and guide does the poetess find in death? 2008(S)

 

In this poem, the poetess tells her imaginary journey in the company of death form this temporary world to the next world. Death is a reality and it has always been considered cruel and callous. Generally, the thought of death creates dread and awe in us. But the poetess has dealt with this subject differently. She is not afraid of it. It seems that she has firm faith in death. She has presented death as a courteous host, friend, and guide. The poetess says that she was too busy in her daily routine of life to stop for death. He himself, in his civility and kindness, came to her in his carriage. He was so kind and nice to her that she left her all activities, work, and the moments of leisure for the sake of death and his civility. The poetess readily boarded the carriage. In the carriage, there were only poetess, death, and immortality/eternity. This sense of peace and serenity is an outcome of the deep religious faith of the poetess. Her deep religious faith in everlasting life after death makes death look like a noble, kind, and civil being.

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