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Because I Could Not Stop for Death (The Chariot)

 The poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson was published in 1890.  In this poem the deceased narrator reminisces about the day Death came calling on her.  Death is personified as a suitor who will take his bride away from a busy and full life.

 LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Emily Dickinson (Subject Keywords)
  • Emily Dickinson Criticism and Interpretation (Subject Keywords)

  Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS1541

 Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Dickinson, Emily. Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. 1961.  Call Number:  PS1541 .A1
  • Ferlazzo, Paul J. (ed.). Critical Essays on Emily Dickinson. 1984.  Call Number:  PS1541 .Z5 C7 1984
  • Smith, Robert McClure. Seductions of Emily Dickinson. 1996.  Call Number:  PS1541 .Z5 S674 1996

 Reference Materials

  • Critical Survey of Poetry (Second Revised Edition)Call Number:  REF PN1021 .C7 2003

                     o   Vol.2,  Pg. 1042

  • Eberwein, Jane Donahue (ed.).  An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia. 1998.  Call Number:  REF PS1541 .Z49 E47 1998 - Pg. 13-15
  • Masterplots II:  Poetry Series (Revised Edition)Call Number:  REF PN1110.5 .M37 2002

                     o   Vol. 1, Pg. 219-221

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism  – Call Number:  REF PN761 .N5

                     o   Vol. 21, Pg. 26, 28, 57

                     o   Vol. 77, Pg. 163, 173

  •  Poetry for StudentsCall Number:  REF PN1112 .P752 1998

                     o   Vol. 2, Pg. 26-38

 Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega

                   (put quotation marks on both sides of this long poem title, “Because I Could

                     Not Stop for Death.”)

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