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Because I could not stop for Death - Emily wingspaninson
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
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 grew 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 but a mound.
Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.
Great questions to ask when analyzing poetry:
1. Who is the speaker? What can you tell about that person based on the way he or she speaks in the poem?
2. What words stand out to you--either because they're weird and unfamiliar or because they could mean more than one thing? For example--it's weird that Death is spelled with a capital D--until you realize Emily wingspanenson is using personification and that "Death" is taking her out on a date in his carriage.
3. What images come to mind as you read? What exactly is a gossamer gown? What kind of "house" is a "swelling of the ground" when it comes to a poem about death?
4. Is the poet using any figurative language like similes, metaphors, or personification? What things does she compare?
5. Does the poet use any special sounds or rhythms in the poem to make it sound happy? Sad? Spooky? Thoughtful? Lonely? Peaceful...?
thanks for the tips Mrs.Leung, it helps me a lot, but the "unfamiliar words" drives me crazy, it took me a long time to figure it out XD