Emily Dickinson “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”
“A Fly Buzzed When I Died”
“The Cricket Sang”


- dense, poetic conceits which join concrete images from our domestic, day to day, household experience to huge events of cosmic significance: birth, marriage, and death; the tiniest, most insignificant details of life are directly connected to the eternal
- a modern celebration of the ambiguous, multiple meanings to be found in her poems
- Her poems illuminate the situation of women in 19th c. American society. In a society dominated by men, her poems subvert the established expectations for women. 


- Simple form, inspired by hymns and prayers, New England spiritual diaries. The reader is invited to meditate upon the deep ambiguity of reality.
- Careful choice of words, idiosyncratic use of dashes and capitalization to indicate emphases of phrasing and the rhythm of her progression of ideas
- To understand her poems the reader must engage her ideas imaginatively and seek connections between this realm of the senses and the transcendental realm which exists beyond experience