Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

Because I Could Not Stop For Death (712) - Poem by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death--
He kindly stopped for me--
The Carriage held but just Ourselves--
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Form: Elegy

Comments about Because I Could Not Stop For Death (712) by Emily Dickinson

  • Veteran Poet - 1,089 Points Abdalla Juma Shenga (7/15/2015 6:09:00 AM)

    very emotional. nice poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,053 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:48:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 724 Points Briony Nicholls (6/14/2015 8:35:00 AM)

    Like whenever I have read this poem in the past, as now, I feel goosebumps. It has a chilling gothic style to it. One feels like they're already part of the Immortalised dead where scenes of life preceding death are like distant dreams. I feel like someone's walked over my grave whenever I read this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 80 Points Gaurangi Vyas (6/11/2015 7:18:00 AM)

    marvellous poem...a deep thought! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,990 Points * Sunprincess * (12/23/2014 5:03:00 PM)

    ...............wow this is a very imaginative and creative write....would love to see this as a movie at the theatre... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Mariette Porter (12/7/2014 7:35:00 PM)

    She is courting Death, he is her suitor and she happily goes with him into eternity. She belongs with him, she felt comfortable with the presence of death; he is unescapable. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ishita Chakrabarty (8/14/2014 2:22:00 PM)

    Love this poem. Death has been portrayed in a servile form awaiting our arrival. The way the author retells about the various stages of one's lives drift across while she is seated with death..amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ally Davies (1/9/2014 11:04:00 AM)

    She found immortality and so too her poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Man Bahadur Gharti (5/2/2012 5:06:00 AM)

    Theme of Transcendentalism; transcendent from the mortal world to immortal world. beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sheila Cameron (4/4/2012 8:46:00 AM)

    I have just discovered this stunning poem from the autobiography of the composer, John Adams. He chose it to follow John Donne's 'Negative Love' as the text for his work 'Harmonium' followed by another of her poems: Wild Nights'. He writes excitingly about the composition and first performance in 1981. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Edmond Williams (2/2/2012 2:29:00 PM)

    I find this poem ironic about the poet.
    She never left her house in ages.
    I knew what that was like. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Caitlin Daniel (3/3/2010 5:51:00 PM)

    I'm not going to lie.. I read this on a test in school yesterday. I never would have found this if it weren't for my teacher. I love how deah is personified and how she was about 14 when her 2nd or 1st cousin died. Also the fact that she was thought of as strange because she always wore white. WOW, can you think of anyone who is/was more obsessed with death? Scary that I know alot about her and I haven't even read her bio. What's funny is the fact that I'm just about to be in 9th grade..haha (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 44 Points Amy Marie (1/31/2010 6:59:00 PM)

    I love the creativity of the personification in this poem ;) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shara D (10/3/2009 7:07:00 PM)

    this poem always tells me, death is inevitable but not necessarily scary, it makes me think, one's passing by in this world can indeed be very romantic.
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  • Rookie Michael Smith (5/7/2008 11:22:00 AM)

    Just found out bout' it today....first confusing....but after given it a chance.....this is an amazing work of out Emily has got here =] (Report) Reply

  • Rookie A R Taylor (4/29/2008 5:45:00 PM)

    Fine imagry. Marvelous beat. - of two white horses pulling, tugging, a dark enclosed carriage - toward eternity! I remember the scenery as I've looked out the window of a plane leaving the ground, and it turns into a space capsal as we pass the setting sun! Wow! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Matthew Wood (4/11/2008 12:20:00 PM)

    I love this poem, just the rhyming is brilliant, I just truly love Dickinson. (Report) Reply

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