This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Emily Dickinson And Edgar Allan Poe On The Subject Of Death

2120 words - 9 pages

Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death,” deals with the personification of death as an extremely gentle figure, who is escorting the speaker to her deathbed from the carriage. The speaker in this poem is dead for centuries and she is explaining the reader the experience she went through before dying. The main theme evident in this poem shows the inevitability of death and the idea of accepting of death. In the beginning of the poem itself, in line 2, Dickinson establishes a compassionate tone to depict the speaker’s amiable relationship with death when the speaker states “He kindly stopped for us”. The tone highlights the speaker’s acceptance of death and demonstrates how comfortable the speaker is feeling in the presence of death. This idea is further stressed in line three, “The Carriage held but Ourselves,” where Dickinson uses language to portray the speaker’s strong connection with death. The use of diction to stress on the capitalized word “Ourselves” signifies the friendly and exclusive bond between the speaker and death reiterating the theme. The Lines 6-8, “And I had to put away, My labor and my leisure too, For his Civility,” reemphasizes the speaker’s perspective on death. The speaker “has to” sacrifice all of his/her “leisure” and “labor” which symbolizes life in itself to prepare for death. Additionally, rather than discredit ‘Death’ for taking the speaker’s life, the speaker notes Death’s “Civility,” further suggesting that the speaker does not resent death. Imagery is also used to great detail in this poem in order to depict the speaker’s journey towards her death. In the 4th stanza, for example, there is specific evidence of visual imagery as seen from line 14, “The Dews drew quivering and chill-, For only Gossamer, my Gown-.” Here the subject of death is treated in a more orthodox manner, where the setting becomes ominous and uncomfortable. The imagery used to describe speaker’s “Gossamer” suggests how it couldn’t protect the speaker from feeling warm as she is closely approaching her death. In fact, this imagery closely connects with the imagery used in lines 18 and 19, “A Swelling of the Ground/ The roof was scarcely visible.” This image again conveys a rough image of death where speaker has to be confined in a grave to achieve death. In Dickinson’s perspective death holds the key for the speaker to reach immortality, which Dickinson refers to in the beginning of the poem in line four, “And Immortality.” This will require the speaker to show some level of tolerance, but it’s still worth it for the speaker since immortality will bring her satisfaction. In fact, in lines 18 and 19, Dickinson utilizes a metaphor to depict the house as her grave in order to alleviate the feeling of horror and apprehension held by readers towards the concept of death. (Should there be a reference here, Akash?)
In the next poem called “I heard a Fly buzz-when I died” imagery and other literary devices are used in a wider...

Find Another Essay On Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe on the subject of death

Edgar Allan Poe: Youth, Beauty, and Death

922 words - 4 pages fact that the speaker never strays from the trail that he walks on can represent him being stuck in his mind, and his every thought is occupied by his lost love “But our thoughts they were palsied and sere-“(Poe “Ulalume”). After the death of Virginia Clemm, Poe seeped into a deep depression, and it could be thought that he knew this would occur and wrote about within his works. Edgar Allan Poe’s poems are often allegories for events in his

The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

1527 words - 7 pages Edgar Allan Poe describes , in this story , the arrival of a tragic plague : the black death . The characters in this story are the Prince Prospero and his guests, invited by him in his palace to try to escape the disease ; protagonist but perhaps the greater the mask of the red death . "The Red Death had long devastated the country . No pestilence had ever been so fatal , or so hideous . Blood was ITS Avatar and Its seal "                   The

On The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

687 words - 3 pages On The Masque of the Red Death In The Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allan Poe writes about how Prince Prospero holds a masque in a sealed abbey to try to forget about the Red Death. There are seven rooms in the abbey which have matching windows and decorations. A figure dressed as a deceased individual appears in the midst of the masque; Prince Prospero chases him to the scarlet room where he dies followed by everyone else. Edgar Allan Poe

A Research on the Work of Edgar Allan Poe

2167 words - 9 pages Raei Tesfazghi Mrs. Taylor English 3 April 16, 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Research Paper Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. He is considered a part of the American Romanticism period. He is best known for his works of mystery and psychological terror. Poe is recognized for his gothic tales of mystery, death, terror, puzzles, and psychological problems ( He has influenced many writers including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Mysteries of Edgar Allan Poe

857 words - 4 pages Edgar Allan Poe has been remembered by many historians to be one of the first American writers to have a big impact on world literature. He was remembered by the French Symbolists at the time as a “Literary Precursor”, and is known for his dark and mysterious poems. However, one of the great mysteries that still lies within Edgar Allan Poe's life is his death, as nobody knows how he really died. Struggling through lifelong depression, Edgar

Creative and Unique Writing: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

1220 words - 5 pages Often author’s lives have an impact on their writing because of the way they see life. Edgar Allan Poe had constant struggles in his own life that shaped the way he wrote. His name brings to mind death and murders but there was more to him than that. He was a man with many challenges in his life that he had to overcome. Poe was born as Edgar Poe on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. He was the second of three children. His siblings were

Life and Importance of Edgar Allan Poe

773 words - 3 pages tragedy on October 7, 1849.Poe lived an extraordinary life, though he never fully attained the fame and success that he sought until after his death in 1849. No one may ever know if any of his life problems affected his ideas or style, or if he simply wrote what he did. His many writings reflect an imagination that most of his readers will only experience when dreaming at night. Poe takes the subject matter death a step further than dreaming it, but

The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe

852 words - 3 pages In appearance, Edgar Allan Poe was a quiet, shy looking man, but his works did not reflect that. Poe wrote gothic horror; stories of fear, pain, and death. Poe's work is particularly worth reading because it keeps readers engaged and on the edge of their seats. During his time there were many factors that could have contributed to the genre of Poe's writings. Although thought of as a troubled man, Poe is one of the world's most famous and

The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe

2089 words - 8 pages Throughout the life of Edgar Allan Poe, he suffered many unfortunate events and endured several difficult situations. Some speculate that it was these experiences that helped to formulate the famous writing style of Edgar Allan Poe. His dark tales such as "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" are horrific, and his poems such as "Alone" and "The Raven" show evidence that his life experiences influenced their dreariness. Poe's

The Life and Work of Edgar Allan Poe

863 words - 3 pages Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to parents who were traveling actors. His father David Poe Jr. died probably in 1810. Elizabeth Hopkins Poe died in 1811, leaving three children. Edgar was taken into the home of a merchant from Richmond named John Allan. The remaining children were cared for by others. Poe's brother William died young and sister Rosalie later became insane. At the age of five Poe could recite passages of

Biography On Edgar Allan Poe

512 words - 2 pages :Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on the 19th of January, 1809. His parents were David and Elizabeth Poe. They had three children: Henry, Edgar and Rosalie.His mother Elizabeth died in 1811, when he was two years old. His mother and father had separated, with Henry, Edgar and Rosalie leaving with their mother. The siblings were all split up; Henry went to live with his grandparents, Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan and Rosalie was

Similar Essays

The Captivating Life And Death Of Edgar Allan Poe

1548 words - 6 pages Edgar Allan Poe, an often misinterpreted literary mastermind known predominantly by his extraordinary tales of horror, the supernatural, forbidden love, madness, and mystery, is more than meets the eye. Though his genres of expertise may indicate otherwise, Poe was a very social person, having been raised as a gentleman, and he had more hands on military experience than any other major American author in history. As a writer, Poe gained a great

The Life And Death Of Edgar Allan Poe

4159 words - 17 pages The Life and Death of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe had a writing style that was rather unique. He had a way of rhyming and expressing himself that no other author had at the time. He was in himself a genius in his own demented way. Many of Poe's writings reflected his life, be it happy or sad. Poe had a very difficult life, different from many others. All the women in his life seemed to die. Many died of Tuberculosis. Those

The Life, The Death, The Mystery Of Edgar Allan Poe

1346 words - 5 pages In the world of writing, Edgar Allan Poe has been remembered by many historians to be one of the first American writers to have a lasting impact on world literature. He was remembered by the French Symbolists at the time as a “Literary Precursor”, and is known for his dark and mysterious poems. However, one of the great mysteries that still lies within Edgar Allan Poe's life is his death, as nobody knows how he really died. Struggling through

Edgar Allan Poe Life And Death

1773 words - 7 pages English IIIApril 15, 2011Edgar Allan Poe: The Relationship Between Life and Literature"But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born.Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are havetheir origin in the ecstasies which might have been." -Edgar Allan Poe "Eleonora"Known for his dark writings, Edgar Allan Poe has written many well known poems throughout his time. He lead