Emily Dickinson

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

Because I could not stop for Death (712)


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

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