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The Complete Anaylsis of Emily Dickinson

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When it says “he knew no”, (Emily Dickinson line 5), that means it wasn’t even a thought in his mind to speed up this process of death (Emily Dickinson line 5). He wanted it to take as long as she felt she needed, but he was always in control. He knew nothing of it so even if he wanted to drive quickly he couldn’t because he did not have that knowledge. She feels no fear when Death picks her up in his carriage, she just sees it as an act of kindness, as she was too busy to find time for him. So because of that, he takes all the time he needs to get her to where she belongs, as she sits in the back watching the last minutes of her life pass by.

Immorality is the goal hinted at in the first stanza, where “Immortality” is the only other occupant of the carriage, but it is only in the final stanza that we see that the speaker has obtained it. Time suddenly loses its meaning; hundreds of years feel no different than a day. Since time is gone, the speaker can still feel that moment of realization, that death was not just death, but immortality, By ending with “Eternity –” the poem itself demonstrated this eternity, by letting it trail out into the infinite abyss of time. Dickinson wants to make the reader understand her story and what she has been through by telling about her last thoughts. Everything she said in this poem talks about her as a person and what she has personally been through.

She knows God will always be watching over her so she lets death deal with her until she finally gets let go, and gets put into the hands of God. She knows that this will all be over soon, and that Death is just doing it job so she waits out the process to die. She loves what is happening because this is what she has always wanted, to be with God in person, she will finally be able to see what it’s really like in the afterlife. One of Dickinson’s traits as a poet is her ability to describe abstract concepts with concrete images. In many of her poems, these ideas and materialistic things are used to explain each other, but the relation between them remains complicated and unpredictable. Just like in this poem how she talks about the horse’s heads as eternity. You may never understand what that fully means or portrays, but it gives you the idea that something will be going on forever and will never end. Dickinson uses keywords to make her poems stand out to the reader and she’s not just writing a story she’s telling a story without even saying the words. Each word that she writes tells a different story, and all of those get combined to make a great poem that is very interesting to read.


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