The materials here only further corroborate this. While some might think that she is headed toward heaven or perhaps, purgatory , or simply the place for a soul to rest in peace for the rest of their existence, others might think of the reincarnation. Emily Dickinson, the author of the poem, was a Christian and many have argued that this poem expresses some of those beliefs. Dickinson describes children playing, which also gives the poem a more affable mood. The line implies that the carriage now stands still while the living world passes them by.
How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog! So what is stanza five? By personifying death as a physical figure, and one that is kind and courteous, the poet subverts traditional notions of death as terrifying or evil, to instead present death as a natural and inevitable part of life. I have followed the version used by Thomas H. We do not think the poem is using death as a metaphor for marriage. In times of sorrow, she would likely have heard sermons about salvation, paradise, and mansions waiting in eternity. Judith Farr believes that the dash seems to indicate that the poem is never ending, just as eternity is never ending 331. Despite this, the Chariot soon became a classic after its publication. However, when the sun sets, and the cold damp sets in, she becomes aware of her inappropriate attire.
Poetry at its best leaves the reader with new ideas about the topic at hand. Demeter is the goddess of the grain, and so devastated is she, that everything begins to die. However, as the poem progresses, a sudden shift in tone causes readers to see Death for what it really is, cruel and evil. The speaker feels no fear when Death picks her up in his carriage, she just sees it as an act of kindness, as she was too busy to find time for him. Emily also has theexpectation that the future readers of her poems will enjoy natureas she did line 7.
It seems as if Death which all so dread because it launches us upon an unknown world would be a relief to so endless a state of existense. They'd banish us, you know. Or is this question too literal-minded? The poem is written in five quatrains. She is in the carriage with death and immortality. Are we to believe this is the true nature of death? We should discuss this a bit more. Love is anterior to life,.
Is death here a negative event or a positive one? Another instance of repetition occurs in the fourth stanza. The gown is of gossamer, and the tippet is made of tulle. Is there anything else to life but labor and leisure? This myth has an important history and its theme is one repeated in several contemporary and older myths. She riled against letting her poetry pull her into the swamp of public croaking. In the third stanza we had a reference to an engagement ring, and now, we find the narrator dressed as if for a wedding! Describing Death as a gentleman suitor who is kind and civil, she shows no shame at being under dressed. The speaker tells us that they took their time driving to where they were going, passing the school where children were on their break, and fields of grain, and the sun — which is, symbolically, setting in the sky, suggestive of death.
The sun passes them as the sun does everyone who is buried. Here there is no sudden rape, but a gentle courtship. It is interesting to note that her tone in regards to death contrasts with that of her time period. In the Christian view of death, a person dies and goes on to a better place to live forever. We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain - We passed some calming landscapes We passed the Setting Sun - Sun's going down.
Stanza four is a wedding ceremony. Next, she sees fields of gazing grain, which symbolize her looking back on her adulthood and maturity. Dickinson blends the heaviness of death with the ordinariness of a carriage ride. The first interpretation deals with the Christian view of death and immortality. Death is cold, the body is no longer warm.
She welcomed death, perhaps because of the idea that she would be only passing from this life to somewhere better. The early editors of Dickinson's poems dropped the fourth stanza of this poem, a practice which the editors of your textbook have, unfortunately, followed. Even if not, Dickinson reminds us that it's not really up to us when we die. Also the activity of stanza three contrasts with the inactivity of the speaker in stanzas four and five. Could the carriage be viewed as a? Why is death so civil? There is an ambiguous twist that needs to be explored.