Because I Could Not Stop for Death Literary Elements

Because I Could Not Stop for Death Literary Elements
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Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

"Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson, is a poem filled with symbolism, deep meaning, and rich language. Dickinson uses various literary elements to convey emotion as she takes readers through the narrator’s journey. Dickinson has influenced many writers since her poems were published, so it is important that students notice the different themes, symbols, and vocabulary she uses. Below are several activities to help students understand each part of the poem, grasp overarching qualities, and make a meaningful "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" analysis.




Because I Could Not Stop for Death

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Identify literary elements in Because I Could Not Stop For Death in this student activity

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  • PERSONIFICATION
  • ALLITERATION
  • END RHYME
  • SYMBOLISM
  • "...Death/ He kindly stopped for me - " Making Death seem like a person, stopping to pick her up.
  • "Dews" & "Drew", "Gossamer" & "Gown", "Tippet" & "Tulle"
  • "Me" & "Immortality"
  • In the poem, Dickinson states that they pass the “Setting Sun”. This is a common symbol to describe the end of a person’s life.
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