Emily Dickinson – Because I could not stop for Death

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 played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

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

Since then ‘t is centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.


54 Responses to Emily Dickinson – Because I could not stop for Death

  1. kiester says:

    it should be noted that this is the edited version, not Dicken’s original

  2. why are u writting others’ poetry and not your own, i dont know your blog but this is what i have seen.Sorry if that makes u feel angry and sorry 4 my english. bye!

  3. phyllis Sosa says:

    i really llike your words in it..it has imagery..i’m a writer too and i like the way your words connected to what you mean..its realy good and deep

  4. Akary says:

    The poems and the pics are really great. Why don’t you post some of your own poems here too? I can see that you like poems and something tells me that you write too. I’d like to see yours too. I’m really curious.

    • CaRteR says:

      It would presumptuous, to say the least, for someone to be posting the world’s best poetry and then to slip their own poems in as well.

  5. We never stop but it stops us in all ways and manner.

  6. articlad says:

    Emily writes from her experiences.This one however amazes me,the content is great for someone whose works were known posthumously.

  7. If you ever want to see a reader’s feedback 🙂 , I rate this post for 4/5. Decent info, but I have to go to that damn yahoo to find the missed parts. Thanks, anyway!

  8. jepokpoetry says:

    Great choice of poetry. akary is probably right go ahead and publish some of your own. Doesn’t have to be great, just convey feeling, emotion, or you, etc. you may want to do that on another blog site though if you want to keep the theme of this site the same.

    • Ceyhan says:

      My deeepst appreciation to Robert and to all of you for the extraordinary experience that was the April PAD Challenge. Your creativity, your comments, and your company has elevated my own writing experience to a new level. I am very grateful to each of you for your generosity in allowing me to be a small part of this GREAT (in every sense of that word) adventure. May your own writing journeys take you exactly where you need to go, and may we continue to read one another’s work along the way.Blessings, AutumnCome (what) MayA poet will returnto her quiet cornerher solitary existenceher singular museto figure it outon her ownbut she will feel less afraidless alonefor now, when she listensshe can hear the humof a thousand murmuring wordswhissssssssssssperingwrite write write write writewrite write write write writeand she willfor she’ll knowthat all of youare out therewriting still(the words "write" should diminish in size in the first line and increase in the second, font-wise; maybe between now and November, I’ll figure out how to do that here!)

  9. Emi says:

    Heyy i was wondering about the pic image code

  10. carol says:

    i lyk it 😀

  11. garrett says:

    this is an awesome poem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I love this poem. Dickinson is one of the best. Don’t be afraid to post your own work – If you want to check out a poetry blog with new poems written every day, check out my anonymous poetry blog:

  13. UFCRuleZ says:

    Pretty nice site you’ve got here. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

    Sincerely yours

  14. kate says:

    thank you this is great this is what i will draw thank you it will go on the wall

  15. This is a stunningly simply poem by Dickinson, so tightly drawn.

    I’m a keen editor of my own poetry (you can watch me edit at my website, click on my name) and this is a fine poem to learn editing from.

  16. gnarlyoak says:

    so awesome. thanks for the post

  17. my favorite dickinson poem, great graogic to go with it, thanks.

  18. sorry it should have read;

    my favorite Dickinson poem.
    great graphic to go with it.


  19. Beautiful poem from Dickinson. Thank you for sharing.

  20. I wish this kind of language still worked today, because some reader already find it boring.

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  21. NomadSage says:

    Yes, fantastic poem. Love Emily Dickinson.

  22. 2ofus says:

    Hi there

    I just love that poem, it really touches the heart. And the picture was really nice. Do you know what artist that you brought it from?


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  24. tina says:

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  25. tina says:

    this blog is full with a nice written poems , i just wants to say special thanks to admin of the blog ,
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  26. James says:

    I’ve always liked anything that takes an anthropomorphic view of ‘Death’ don’t know why, thats why I love the character Death in Family Guy.


  27. shayne wallace says:

    Psychotic wife murdering poem.

    Wild and young.

    At first it was fun
    wild and young
    and the days go by
    the arguments begun
    first the shouting
    next the doubting
    third the hitting
    and then the counting
    days got longer
    as the hitting got stronger
    blood started to leak
    she started to weep
    I’m opposed a threat
    to people around
    to them I upset
    they cry on the ground
    she annoys me more
    when she gives people them looks
    so when we get home
    there’s a recipe to cook
    I cut her up
    season her with herbs
    cook her good
    and feed her to the birds.

    By Shayne Wallace

  28. Alex B.H. says:

    I’ve always loved this poem. It is so profound!


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  32. Rudolph Honza says:

    Nice poetry. Lots of people live life like there is death doesn’t exist and done lots of bad deeds but death is the biggest reality of life.

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    Nicely done. I included this poem in my recent post on poems used in modern music. This one was the basis for a tune by Natalie Merchant. You can find my post at The Eclectic Ear. Enjoy!

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