Even the rhythm in these first stanzas, the alternating iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter of the hymn stanzas, promotes a peaceful effect. The surface looked like a roof to the house of the dead. In the first stanza of this poem, Death is personified as a gentleman caller, who kindly invites the speaker into his carriage. Her mother Emily Norcross Dickinson was a quiet and frail woman. The poem is written in five quatrains.
She is now unable to distinguish between the inside and the outside worlds. Critics call Emily Dickinsons poems masterpieces with strange haunting powers. A number of these rhymes are slant rhymes or half rhymes, which means that either the consonants or vowels of stressed syllables are identical. It moves on to describe the fields of grain she is riding through. This form is typically used in nursery rhymes, giving the poem a light sing-song tone that lends levity to the otherwise heavy subject matter.
The title 'follower' represents young Seamus Heaney and his father being a follower, how they switch their roles. Dickinson describes children playing, which also gives the poem a more affable mood. In the first line the poet. Except for a few months of travel, she remained in Amherst until her death. Also the activity of stanza three contrasts with the inactivity of the speaker in stanzas four and five.
It slid with the silk of a cat's languor across my senses. Dickinson experienced an emotional crisis of an undetermined nature in the early 1860s. In the end, she believed the grave was her final resting place The Dickinson Properties. The wheat that grows symbolizes the natural world as she currently views it. The only time when Dickinson does give the reader a true sense of mortality is as the sun passes the speaker. Throughout the chronology of British literature, artists have used societys views as a basis to examine the afterlife, and look at it in new ways.
Copyright © 1951, 1955, 1979, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The voyage is pleasant, and Dickinson illustrates the road to eternity as a pleasant trip. And again, by as the second movement of his , and also set to music by as a single movement piece for chorus and chamber orchestra. She can observe her spent life as clearly as we can see the light of a star, burned out ages ago, that has traveled to us through empty space. The reader is given a feeling of the speaker dying as the images lessen. Now, as the sun has set on her life, and she is standing before her new forever home, disappointment sets in. Emily Dickinson, a 19th century writer, indulges that fact but also goes beyond it in her work.
She portrays death as being a kind gentleman, perhaps even a suitor, who is taking her out for a ride in a carriage. She has experienced life, but what does she specifically know about being dead? In retrospect, she recognizes that death means a complete separation from life. Death and the speaker pass by a school where children are playing, and the youth of the children contradicts death. By doing so, we can gain peace in the world after life. This is another example of personification.
Juhasz, Suzanne, editor, Feminist Critics Read Emily Dickinson, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1974. Incidentally mentioned, the third passenger in the coach is a silent, mysterious stranger named Immortality. It is easy for the reader to get caught up by this rhythm, the peaceful images, and the deceptive tone of contentment. She was unprepared for her impromptu date with Death when she got dressed that morning. Lines 6-8 People spend much of their lives keeping busy with work or amused with play so that they do not have to think about their own imminent death. The main clue that this was a poem of death was that she got in a carriage with two guys whose names just happened to be Death and Immortality.
Suddenly, now that the sun has set, the author realizes that she is quite cold, and she shivers. This is portrayed in the first stanza of the poem when the author begins her ride with Death, viewing him as a welcome and familiar friend. The speaker has been seduced, driven to her death, and abandoned. The line implies that the carriage now stands still while the living world passes them by. Thus, the reader is given a broader image than what he has yet experienced in the poem. He is described as being a kind gentleman taking her for a ride in a carriage.
In simple words, we may say that this poem is a poem of 'suicidal feelings'. Death is usually unwelcomed throughout literature, but in this poem, Death is personified as a patient gentlemen. Instead of feeling uneasy after arriving at her grave, the speaker is calm and at ease as the speaker feels comfortable with Death. But the house is not just an ordinary house, it is the burial spot for the speaker. Another way in which Dickinson makes death a more agreeable subject for the reader is in the fifth quatrain as she compares the grave to a house. For this, the speaker of the poem assumed Death as her fiancé.