Responses for "Because I could not stop for Death"
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TimestampChoose your classYour HouseYour name1. Consider the main meanings of the word “stop”: “to come to an end; to cease to happen; to cease to perform a specified action or have a specified experience; to abandon a specified practice or habit; to stop moving or operating; (of a bus or train) to call at a designated place to pick up or let off passengers.” What do you think the speaker means that she could not “stop” for Death? What do you think she means that Death “stopped” for her? 2. Death is3. Do you get the impression that Immortality was already on Death’s carriage, or did Immortality get on the carriage with the speaker? Depending on what you think: What would it mean that Immortality was already in the carriage? What would it mean that it gets on with the speaker? 4. The second stanza moves the action from “I and he” to “we”: What does this union of speaker, Death, and Immortality imply? 5. Death drives his carriage slowly. What type of D/death is implied by this slowness? By Death’s “civility”? By his “kindness” in stopping for the speaker?6. What is the effect of personifying the fields of grain as “gazing” (looking steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought)? What are the fields of grain gazing at, do you think? 7.What happens when the sun sets toward the end of their journey? What physical effects does the sun setting have on the speaker? What could these effects represent? 8. What is the effect given by the speaker’s clothes? Her gown is “gossamer,” which literally refers to the “fine filmy substance, consisting of cobwebs, spun by small spiders, which is seen floating in the air in calm weather, esp. in autumn, or spread over a grassy surface,” and so must be made of very light, sheer, gauze-like fabric. Her tippet (a scarf or short cape) is made of “tulle” (a fine silk net). 9. What is the effect of changing the pattern of the anaphora “We passed…We passed…We passed…” to “We paused”? Is this “House” where the speaker gets off the carriage or does she continue the journey? 10. What is the tone of the poem? 11. The last stanza reveals that the speaker has been telling the story of her encounter and journey with Death from the point of view of Eternity. Looking back at the poem, what effect would existing in eternity have on the speaker’s tone? 12. Based on all the above, what is poem's central viewpoint or insight about Death?
I feel that the title could have been, "because i could not stop for death, it stopped for me." As the speaker looks back into when she died after centuries have passed i feel that maybe when she actually died she wasn't to leave yet but death stills stopped by and picked her up. Now that she looks back when it happened centuries ago, she understands that her departure was her time to go, but she just didn't realize at the time. a driver making scheduled stops to pick up passengers.I believe Immortality was already in the carriage with the speaker. It means that you never really die, you only pass away to another life, I think the author believes in life after death.I think that when she referred to as "we" she finally accepted death and did not feel alone since death was acting like a gentlemen.

Dr. X: it does seem like an acceptance
I think it portrays that death is not suck a bad thing, since death leads to eternal life. The slowness allows the speaker to relax and given her time to accept her death. I think that the field of grain are gazing at her in the carriage leaving, like when people come to a funeral and see them off. When the sun sets, the speaker becomes cold. I think this is when she realizes that she is really dead and cannot turn back, like when the body warm and becomes cold at death. I think the speaker is trying to say that she felt that she wasn't ready for death, cause she had the wrong cloth on. It seems like a turning point, when the house means her grave yard, or the end of the line. Showing her that she is really dead so that they can go on forth to their journey of eternity. happy/ecstatic/joyful, sad/mournful, sincere/honestI feel that since the speaker speaks of her past while existing in eternity, she has had a lot of time to think about her death and her readiness. She talks like death was just a carriage ride leading her to a better place and next life, which was in eternity. Death is just a short trip leading eternity and should not be feared upon.
i think death stopped for her means she got a chance to gather herself she had one last opportunity or she escaped death in total rather than her facing death in an instant death is the termination of a living thingbased on the scenario of the poem i visualize a female speaker dressed in her death gown in a coffin with in a carriage being carried away to a destination... since she speaks of immortality she is still living to be able to tell this story basically escaping death , that where she states death kindly stopped for meHe is death driving the carriage and we would be the female and death present within the carriage, he is death described as a character death is described as a character playing a role in the females story , the story is based on death im not sure about this , i think she is trying to describe a familiar setting the sun setting has a major role is describing the time of the story taking place so the sun setting the day is coming to an end and darkening as the night falls usually when we go to sleep im not sure about the gossamer i think she is describing either cob web it self or a fabric on top of her and her outfit seems to be what a female would wear in a coffin during time of burial in the 1980s when she mentions we passed she is describing the continuation of the story progressing and when she says house i think she has reached the end of her destination. a church or burial perhaps sad/mournful, somber/grim/graveobviously opposite of this one if she were to be existing in eternity compared to her on a journey with death death is real, it will happen, there no telling when it will happen, few people escape death by coming really close to it to able to live and tell her experience or death can be described as a sense of feeling and what its supposed to be like
I understand that death, death is a carriage's driver, he has no rush to take her to eternity. she compares death to a suitor. a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.i think that immortality was already on the carriage with death, therefore death was picking up the speaker to meet with immortality. this imply possibly that she(speaker) has already accepted her faith and taking a last ride with death and immortality. I think that the speaker(she) is having a calm and peaceful death because he(death) has no rush to take her! he is compassionate to her!when the carriage pass through the fields of grains, these look back to her as she goes to her resting place. the speaker compares the sunset with the end of her life. the dews gave her chills and shivers meaning that her soul is leaving her bodyI think she is describing her outfit or clothes, and tulle as white. we passed.. means the journey toward the cemetery. We paused... means that they have reached the cemetery.thoughtful/contemplative, somber/grim/grave, ease/peacefulthe effect that eternity has is that she is at peace with death, because she knows death is guiding her towards eternity.the view about death is that it is a compassionate driver/guide to eternity.
I believe that "she could not stop for death" means she can't scape death.
I believe that with the term "stopped" the narrator wants to say that death was the one who waited for her.
a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.I think immortality was already on Death's carriage from the begining because you know that from the moment that death comes for you, you will be expecting to live an eternal life where you can't die. Death and immortality are bond together.I think it means that immortality, death, her/him will be all together on the carriage, and by putting a capital letter the narrator wants to make us understand that she treats death and immortality as a person. In my opinion death is taking his time because there is no hurry to arrive to a place where time is nothing.
The narrator tells us that death is kind and polite instead of what we usually think of it.
I think the speaker wants to let us know how she feels by saying "gazing" like the time never ends and the field are immense, that she can't stop looking at it.I believe it means that night time is coming and the weather from hot becomes cold, this could mean also that death journey is coming to an end.the effect of coldness like she wasn't wearing enough clothes to protect herself. Is like she wasn't ready to die yet.

Dr. X: possibly, yes
I believe that the term "we paused" means that they arrive to their destination.happy/ecstatic/joyful, somber/grim/grave, defiant/resistantthe speaker's tone at the begging was happy and adventurous but at the end of the poem I find that the speaker feels sorrowful and pitiful.Death is not like we all think it is instead he is a kind person who enjoys doing his job.
Since she could not stop for death, death ceased to exist in the eyes of the poet, who seems to be already physically dead but spiritually alive.

Dr. X: interesting.
kindI believe immortality boards with the speaker as it is her state of consciousness that she may be referring to. For immortality to already be in the carriage would mean she physically expected to die. To get on with the speaker might mean that she is always alive no matter her physical state.It may imply that death is physically realized by the reader and the afterlife is immortality of a non bodily state. Death drives slowly, means it wasn't a quick death, for example, a heart attack, or something that just happened. She dies from any long illness or any accident that she didn't die immediately, but she kind of sees her death coming up, slowly. Personifying the gazing as they can stare at the wind which is not actually visible but could be some form of the beyond.I think that she meant she was moving towards eternity, because there is nothing past the sun but the sky.From the description im going to say that her dress is thin and also it says that it began to get chilly which means she isn't dressed correctly for her journey of death. which could mean she wasn't prepared for her deathI feel as if this is the house where she may have experienced death and is continuing the journey, so this carriage has brought her to the place where she realized immortality.somber/grim/graveA tone of wisdom and tiredness would be my best guess being that eternity is everlasting.

Dr. X: But wouldn't tiredness be a point of view of someone living in time (like us)?
That death is nothing to be feared rather it should be looked at as the end of one journey and the beginning of another.
the speaker means that she was to busy to stop death so in his civility he stopped for her.a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.Immortality got on the carriage with the speaker but Wait, you're riding in a carriage with Death – don't you mean mortality?" So this is the first hint we get that the speaker doesn't think of death as The End, but as a step on the way to eternal life – an afterlife of some sort.

the sift from "I" to "he", that "We" might allow the reader to think the speaker has some control over the pace, but Dickinson quickly reminds us that "He" is the one determining the relaxed progress and that the speaker's just along for the ride. While we've already determined that the speaker is not afraid of Death, this slow pace still creates a feeling of drawn-out suspense in the poem and keeps us wondering what might happen.

At the last time of the afternoon speaker is riding a carriage with a gentleman by the grain field and she feels like the grains are starring at her and watching her to go away. they are calm but watching her leaving . those grains are like those strangers at the street who stares at you while you passing by for no reason. those grains are one of the audience who saw her leaving and does not give a damn about it like its a normal circle. The sun and field are much more general descriptions of the scene than the previous lines, yet might even have symbolic significance. The setting sun, for example, signifies the end of the day, but might also stand for the end of life. The fact that she is under-dressed for this journey also reflects that she is under-prepared. This stanza echoes what we discovered in the beginning line this is not her choice and she was not planning this trip with Death. The first instance was the beginning of the journey when Death stops to pick up the speaker. So we might guess that this second stop could end their journey. sad/mournful, fearful, angry/bitter/offendedeternityThe poem is about Death as a gentleman caller who takes a leisurely carriage ride with the poet to her grave.
I think the speaker meant that they were to busy living their own lives, in their own ways and habits, doing what they needed to do , that they didn't have time to stop for grief, pain, death. They didn't have time to relinquish any control to anyone else. Death stopped for her because just like any human , pain and facing an end is inevitable. Everyone must face their mortality. Death sees no color, age, social class. death will get everyone. a driver making scheduled stops to pick up passengers.I believe immorality was already on the carriage before the speaker got on. I think this wasn't its first time picking up a passenger and escorting them to their eternity. This is death's job , and the speaker is just another person on their list . I believe it means that the speaker finally accepts death and gives in to her fate. slowness :means that we are all dying slowly , each day closer to an end
civility /kindness: means he has a regard for others. Death understands that this isn't an easy thing to deal with.
i am not sure maybe it means that her journey has come to an end. she spent all day traveling to eternity, her whole life traveling to this moment, and now it was time to meet her fate. it makes me feel like she wan'ts ready for death, he caught her off guard,
maybe she came from the grave ? ( cobwebs)
i believe this is where the reader ends their journey
the change in the pattern tells us how important this house was and that it had more meaning then the rest of the things the speaker had seen up to now
sad/mournful, somber/grim/gravei do not know Death waits for no one
its something that has to happen whether we want it or not
whether we are ready or not.
3/29/2017 1:07:40(2:15)BrowningKymberlieThis could mean death is in charge, she has no control or say of when she is ready. a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.Immortality was already on the carriage , In both scenarios i think she feels she already has immortality in her reach. Either way she doesn't see death as the end.That the speaker feels involved and might think she has control of what is to come.Death is being quite the gentleman in taking his time for her That the grains were gazing at them rather the other way around.The sun set changes up the setting by creating a more darker feel. It shows that she is almost to her destination. This could symbolize that she is already dead. i dont know for the first part but i think it is where she gets off because it is time.happy/ecstatic/joyful, sincere/honesti dont quite understand.Death is not the "end" , it is simply a path to eternity so there is nothing to fear.
10/5/2017 16:36:15(5:45)BrowningshivI believe that when the speaker says "she could not stop for death but death stop for her" what she meant by this is she was too busy living life that she forgot that death was an option. so death came to her to remind her death come for everyone.a driver making scheduled stops to pick up passengers.I feel that immortality got on the carriage with the speaker when she got on. meaning that the body itself was left on earth and the soul which is immortal got on the carriage. This imply that she is dead and there is no longer any individuality. there is no we or I any more just the dead.I believe that the speaker is dying slowly of some illness in which she starts to remember the stuff she didn't do and began to regret it.

Dr.X : Interesting
The field of grains is her life, the speaker is looking back at he life , at the memories. When the sun set at the end of the day it means that the end is over, so in the poem when the sun set it symbolize the end of her life.The effect given off by her clothes make us believe she have been dead for awhile because her gown is consist of cobwebs and her scarf is silk net.The changing pattern of we passed to we paused symbolize the thing she did in her life and to the things she didn't do. where she gets off imply the end of her journey to the after life. somber/grim/graveFrom the point of view of eternity the speaker could have a regretful tone where is see all the stuff she didn't do and wish she did do it.Death come for us all.
10/5/2017 23:35:54(2:15)butlerdanso tumade i think shes refer death to her lover when she said he kindly stopped for but i could not stop for him the death. she was interesting in him but shes doesnt want to ask first but instead he her out.a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.i think they both get on carriage together. by themselfthey having good times he's gentleman very chivalry. respected her and his kindnessno sure no sureno sure no surehappy/ecstatic/joyful, passionate/ardent, sincere/honesthappiness is about lovers
10/8/2017 17:21:21(5:45)ButlerProché HollandI think the speaker is saying that she could not stop herself from engaging in what was going on and the the other person who she refers to as "Death" is who stopped the incident. a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.I get the impression that immortality got on the carriage with the speaker. Meaning that if she had not gotten in the carriage it would have never existed. It was her action that created the immortality. It was a mutual decision. Sex! He was gentle and kind. It wasn't a "rough ride".

Dr. X: Mmmm--I can see courting but sex you need to argue with more evidence
I'm not sure, I get the thought of time going by in this stanza.It was the end of their time together.She says "He passed us" is us referring to her private parts? She's explaining how she had never done this before and her body was exposed.The change in the pattern is to show a brief moment of change in the journey. I think she continues the journey with him.thoughtful/contemplative, sincere/honestThe effect would be that the speaker is stuck with this moment. Her tone is more of like a realization of reality.The central viewpoint is that it only takes one moment for things to change your life forever.

Dr. X: Nice--and that the moment of death stays forever burned in the spirit? Things to think about...
10/9/2017 1:37:57(5:45)BrowningRaquel VasquezShe was busy living her life as anyone would but her time was destined to end therefore, death stopped for her.a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.Immortality is in the carriage with her when death picks her up; to me, it wouldn't make sense if he arrived afterwards.As they ride in the carriage, they are together in this union of the end of her life. Death picks her up, she's in the carriage and immortality is with them.Death was on his way, had been on his way to pick her up regardless of she was willing to join him. He was being kind and civil about her situation as he wasn't in a "haste".I believe it could be her fruits of labor in life, the abundance of a robust time in her life, symbolized by wheat -harvest.

Dr. X: Nice--very nice
Definitely that her time it's up from the carriage ride, which symbolized her way to her death.I depicted that she wasn't dressed appropriate for her burial but then I thought, it's a fine line between physical and spiritual world in which she doesn't possess a body anymore, nothing cloaks her.Using the phrase, "we passed", she was referring to reminiscing the stages in her life but switched it to "we paused", to depict that the "ride" was over, she arrived to get destination - to her new home wish it's her gravesite.thoughtful/contemplative, somber/grim/graveThat although time passes by and life goes on, it seems to stand still as if it was yesterday she died. The tone is of bitterness

Dr. X: Nice, but where do you see bitterness?
That death waits for nobody, regardless on the kind of life one it's living. And after life, you have your time to ponder about it - for eternity.
10/10/2017 1:35:59(2:15)BrowningSweety ChowdhuryIn this poem, the word stop states that 'the speaker did not stop her journey till her death.' she never stopped herself from what ] she suppose to do or what should to do for her life. so the death personified from life after to life. a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.the immortality is the goal is hinted in first stanza, where, immorality is the only occupant of the carriage, yet, it is only in the final stanza that the speaker has obtained it, Tome is gone, but still speaker fell with relish that moment of realization, that death was not only death it is an 'Immortality'its imply on time. Because time is not waiting for us. we are all bound to our time. when our times ends we all have to die.this civility that death exhibitsin taking time out for her leads her to give up on those things that had made her so busy.the speaker looking steadily and identically., she was remembering her passed time with children, when they were playing in the field of grain.sosososad/mournful, nostalgic/regretfulsoDeath is a truth, what we can not skip. but for death we should not stop ourself , we should do whatever good for us or neccessary for our life.
10/10/2017 3:01:29(2:15)browningtyler rodriguezI think she is speaking about death as if he is a person and even says he is kind and civil. With "I could not stop for death" she meant that she cannot choose when death arrives. With the line "He kindly stopped for me" she means that she is close to experiencing death and he is "kindly" taking her for a ride.a type of Good Samaritan picking up a hitchhiker.If immortality was with the speaker before getting on the ride with death it would mean that although she is close to death she will always survive. If immortality was instead with death it would mean that death will always be there forever and it will always occur or come back.The union implies that death will always be there and will always occur because to be immortal is to last forever.I believe she is experiencing a slow death and that the slow speed is a metaphor. His kindness and civility I believe is way to show that she is calm that she is close to death. The fields of grain was being personified to give the effect that others are watching her through her journey.I do not knowI believe her clothing gives the effect that she is a sensitive person.This change in the repetition gave the effect that she was on this journey to death for a while. "We paused" meant that she will survive and her pleasant ride with death is finally over.thoughtful/contemplative, somber/grim/grave Existing in eternity would make her tone very calm because she has reason to fear death. Because of this she was able to calmly take this journey.The central viewpoint is that death will always be there and we cannot choose when he arrives but we can accept it and handle it calmly.
10/10/2017 7:57:39(5:45)Butler DorisShe wanted to keep living. Death had to come to her.a type of Good Samaritan picking up a hitchhiker.I believe immortality was already on the carriage. The poem specifically states "he kindly stopped for me"The union represents that they all become one. The speaker is dead and and because of death, they are immortal.Death is not painful or cruel. I think they are people who are looking for death to come and take them They have reached their final destination Old and fine. Quality Showing they have arrived where they will live/rest. thoughtful/contemplative, sad/mournfulTiredness and compassion, she relives the same route/journey and has not changed her feelings on death Death is sometimes looked for, it can be kind and painless.
10/10/2017 8:37:40(5:45)BrowiningGisselle Maldonado When the speaker said that she could not "stop" for Death it sounds like she is trying to say that she is to busy for him. She is not ready to pass away just yet. When she said that Death "stopped" for her I believe she means to say that Death couldn't keep up with her.a “gentleman caller” (a man who visits a woman, usually with romantic interest) and the speaker is “going for a ride” with him.Immortality was already on Death's carriage. They are all getting along together as they go on this ride to her death. Its implying that she is slowly dying in peace, she isn't suffering a painful death. As they drive by they are passing places that show her life since a little girl. The "Gazing Grain" is showing her maturity her growing up to be a woman.I believe that the sun setting towards the end of her journey means she is closer to her death. It is making her realize what exactly is happening. The speaker is old. They kept on going slowly on this journey. The House is where she gets off, she finally ends her journey and passes away.defiant/resistant, sincere/honestThe encounter and journey with Death took forever to her. Since the moment she was born to the end felt really long to her.You can not escape Death but it can be slow and peaceful.
10/10/2017 8:52:36(5:45)butler prabhat Timilsina It means the speaker is busy in her life she has many things to do in her life

and it means she have no fear for death
a driver making scheduled stops to pick up passengers.Speaker accepts the death. she was so busy to die and later on when she was done with every thing death came to take her to eternal life that she accepts her death as next step of life. the union of speaker death and immortality implies death is not the end for speaker it just a step to another life. the drive with death slowly means they are taking time. deaths civility implied they are going a step a head from the normal life. i think the speaker represent the head by the grain gazing.
not sure
-the effect is, speaker excepts the death and later on she realize. house is not the end of her journey as death in never ending journey. happy/ecstatic/joyfultheir was the shift in tone of speaker at last stanza. the speaker was peaceful at the first later on he/she come to realize she is going to never ending path. according to the poem. death is not the end. death is another step for the speaker which never ends.
10/10/2017 9:00:07(2:15)browningDavid ArthurShe lived a long lifea type of Good Samaritan picking up a hitchhiker.death is immortal, eternal

Dr. X: Interesting, but could this be her own immortality? (Also: Death is not immortal according to Donne's speaker)
They are both dead basicallyA long slow one
???she continues the journey makes things seem longsomber/grim/gravecc
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