Because I Could Not Stop For Death

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Task 1: Before reading the poem, let’s get to know the author.

Do research on Emily Dickinson and write a summary of her life.

Task 2: Context of production

Emily Dickinson wrote at the end of the Romantic period, and even though she was influenced by some of the ideals of Romanticism, she is most commonly known as a writer from the Realist era.

Do some research on American Realism

-when it started and when it ended


Task 3: Read the poem

Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste, 
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

Or rather, he passed us;
The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,1
My tippet2 only tulle.3

We paused before a house4 that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice5 but a mound.

Since then ’tis centuries,6 and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity


1…gossamer my gown: Thin wedding dress for the speaker’s marriage to Death.
2…tippet: Scarf for neck or shoulders.
3…tulle: Netting.
4…house: Speaker’s tomb.
5…cornice: Horizontal molding along the top of a wall.
6…Since . . . centuries: The length of time she has been in the tomb.

Listen to the poem

Task 4: Who is the voice in this poem?

After reading and listening to the poem. Focus on
-the voice
-the addressee

Task 5

Make 6 sentences summarizing each and every stanza of the poem. (use your own words)

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