Emily Dickinson

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Using 712 discuss Emily Dickenson’s presentation of ideas of mortality and immortality in this poem. In your answer explore the effects of language, imagery and verse form, and consider how it is related to other poems you have studied. Emily Dickenson’s language in the poem is very unusual and thought provoking because she personifies ‘immortality’, she suggests that immortality is a being and can hold a carriage. Her representations of death are also personified, saying death has ‘kindly stopped’ for her. The first stanza of this poem in written in first person suggesting she is having contact with death and immortality. She portrays death as a human, as death is frequently referred to as ‘he’. However the imagery used to describe death appears pleasant and pastoral. Emily Dickinson appears to centralise death and immortality in poem 712 portrayed by saying ‘he passed us’. At the third paragraph Emily Dickinson appears to change the view of immortality and morality as the mood suddenly appears to drop in the fifth stanza, she refers to a grave as ‘swelling in the ground’. The syntax in this stanza becomes confusing in this stanza, portraying a level on uncertainty and confusion in the speakers mind. Emily Dickinson then suggests there is immortality for the speaker as she ‘were toward eternity’. Emily Dickinson uses religion, imagery and nature to convey her ideas of mortality and immortality, in the fourth stanza of the poem she says ‘he passes us’ this can be inferred to as the sun, showing imagery representing immortality. This pastoral imagery can convey the ideas of immortality as it eternal and continues. In poem 280, Emily Dickinson opens with: ‘I felt a funeral, in my brain’, this does not refer to actual death however this has connotations of releasing and letting go, this can be related to morality, as in the end everyone will die. The relation to death and religion is constant in the first stanza, showing a sense of mortality throughout. Emily...
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