Emily Dickinson

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

Because I Could Not Stop For Death

Poem by Emily Dickinson

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

We slowly drove- He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility-

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess- in the Ring-
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain-
We passed the Setting Sun-

Or rather- He passed us-
The Dews drew quivering and chill-
For only Gossamer, my Gown-
My Tippet- only Tulle-

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground-
The Roof was scarcely visible-
The Cornice- in the Ground-

Since then- 'tis Centuries- and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity-

Form: Elegy


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

  • Tamara Beryl Latham (10/5/2019 11:33:00 AM)

    One of my favorites. Emily, in my opinion, was the best female poet of the time. :(Report)Reply

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  • Jennifer BirchallJennifer Birchall (11/18/2018 4:41:00 AM)

    Thank you for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • arianna agosto (5/29/2018 8:16:00 AM)

    wow good to juss think about(Report)Reply

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  • arianna agosto (5/29/2018 8:15:00 AM)

    wow thars a vtery deep poem but it makes u really think(Report)Reply

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  • arianna agosto (5/29/2018 8:13:00 AM)

    wow that's deep like it make you think for a lil bit(Report)Reply

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  • Sochukwu Ivye (10/15/2017 1:06:00 PM)

    The first two lines caught me.(Report)Reply

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  • Resh Kav (6/23/2017 7:52:00 PM)

    So amazing. great poemAlready ReportedReply

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  • Njuguna Peter MnyagiaNjuguna Peter Mnyagia (1/20/2017 7:38:00 AM)

    amazing poem..........................................Already ReportedReply

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  • Allan james SaywellAllan james Saywell (3/26/2016 9:58:00 PM)

    This poem was the poem that inspired me to write my first poem I was thirty five years old
    I owe her everything, she lit the flame, that shone the light

    Allan James Saywell(Report)Reply

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (12/16/2015 9:16:00 AM)

    One of the best poems ever read by me.(Report)Reply

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  • Estefany MejiaEstefany Mejia (8/21/2015 7:18:00 PM)

    i read this poem at school.(Report)Reply

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  • Abdalla Juma Shenga (7/15/2015 6:09:00 AM)

    very emotional. nice poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Thabani KhumaloThabani 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

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  • Briony NichollsBriony 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!Already ReportedReply

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  • Gaurangi SharmaGaurangi Sharma (6/11/2015 7:18:00 AM)

    marvellous poem...a deep thought!Already ReportedReply

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  • * 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

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  • 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

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  • Ishita ChakrabartyIshita 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

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

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

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

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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 18, 2015