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04.03B Emily Dickinson

“I Never Saw A Moor”
1. What is the contrast that the poet establishes between the first and second halves of this poem?
The contrast the poet establishes between the first and second halves of the poem is seeing a moor and speaking with God.
“A word is Dead”
2. Explain what the poet means when she says the word “lives” once it has spoken. When the poet says the word “lives,” she is stating that the word brings it to life.
“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” – Analyzing Details
3. What kind of person is Death? How does the poet characterize him?
Death is characterized as being kind and immortal. He is a civilized and polite person. The poet describes his “civility” and how he “kindly” stopped her since he drives the carriage.
4. What does the “house” in stanza #5 symbolize?
The house in stanza five symbolizes a grave or death. Much like a person almost dead, they are just lying in their bed.
5. Readers often have different opinions about the final stanza of the poem. Some believe it holds a tone of terror, while others think it expresses confidence and acceptance. What do you think? Explain your answer.
The poet does not have a tone of terror here, because the inevitability of death makes life worth living. Death can be counted as a blessing when it comes to an immortal life on Earth that would be a curse.
6. Choose one of Dickinson’s poems and explain how you think it reflects the time period in which she lived.
I chose the poem “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died.” The poem is often seen as a representative of Emily Dickinson’s style and attitudes. The first line is as arresting an opening as one could imagine. By describing the moment of her death, the speaker lets us know that she has already died. Dickinson died from Bright’s disease, which is caused by kidney

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