The Complete Anaylsis of Emily Dickinson
Most, or almost all, of Dickinson’s poems relate to the topic of religious beliefs or god himself. An unsettling amount of her poems are either about dying, death, or what happens after death. What's unusual is that she has a calm and collected attitude toward deathit. The poem “Because I could not stop for death” discusses her talks about the narrator’s life and what she has been through as she is dying, almost like her last thoughts. She relates back to God and other spiritual beings in many of her other poems as well such as, “I know that he exists” and “Apparently with no surprise”. She very vividly talks about Death as a person and her in the state of dying slowly in the poem “Because I could not stop for death”.
"He knew no haste", (Emily Dickinson line 5), was a very important line in the poem “Because I could not stop for death”(Emily Dickinson line 5). Its purpose is was to show another way of saying Death didn't speed or hurry. The transition from "We" to "He" in the same line is important. The "We" in the beginning of the line might allow the reader to think the speaker has some control over the speed at which they were driving, but Dickinson tells us that "He" is the one determining the slow progress and that the speaker's along for the ride. All throughout the poem, they tell where they are driving and their surroundings, this one line, in particular, relates to the speed at which they are moving. The speaker makes it sound like she is fine and ok with what is happening when really she is about to die. It is known that the speaker is not afraid of Death in the sense that she could get out of the carriage anytime she wants, but the speaker believes Death and trusts him. This slow pace still creates a feeling of drawn-out suspense in the poem and keeps the reader wondering what might happen. Although there could be many other meanings for this one line such as romantic meanings.