An Insight Into Dickinson's Portrayal of Death
Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings. Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 65-8 B.C.)
Throughout the history of literature, it has often been said that "the poet is the poetry" (Tate, Reactionary 9); that a poet's life and experiences greatly influence the style and the content of their writing, some more than others. Emily Dickinson is one of the most renowned poets of her time, recognized for the amount of genuine, emotional insight into life, death, and love she was able to show through her poetry. Many believe her lifestyle and solitude brought her to that point in her writing. During Emily Dickinson's life, she …show more content…
Because I could not stop for Death-
He kindly stopped for me-
She describes her slow ride towards what she deems to be eternity I first surmised the Horses Heads / Were toward Eternity- But, as the poem goes on, she realizes the truth and inevitability of death. Her thoughts grow deep and in the third stanza, she realizes that her life is flashing past her eyes. She sees children playing at school, fields of Gazing Grain and the Setting Sun. Emily brought to light the mysteriousness of life's cycle.