‘Because I could not stop for death,’ Dickinson’s best-known poem, is a depiction of one speaker’s journey into the afterlife with personified “Death” leading the way.
Dickinson dedicates this poem to a depiction of what happens in the afterlife.
Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
‘I died for beauty but was scarce’ by Emily Dickinson reflects her fascination for death and the possible life to follow.
The poem takes place in the afterlife. It's there that the characters are discussing what they died for.
‘I heard a Fly Buzz – when I died’ by Emily Dickinson is an unforgettable depiction of the moments before death. The speaker emphasizes the stillness of the room and the movements of a single fly.
This poem alludes to the afterlife as the speaker nears the end of her life on earth.
‘I felt a Funeral, in my Brain’ by Emily Dickinson is a popular poem. In it, she depicts a very unusual idea of life after death.
The poet alludes to the nature of surviving beyond one's physical life in this poem.
‘Twas the old — road — through pain—’ by Emily Dickinson describes a woman’s path from life to death and her entrance into Heaven.
The afterlife is a major topic in the poem but it is not described in detail, only alluded to.
‘Mr. Flood’s Party’ by Edwin Arlington Robinson describes a man’s later years in life and how lonely he has become. It suggests that a long life is not always a blessing.
All those Mr. Flood has ever loved have gone into the afterlife.
‘Gradatim’ by Josiah Gilbert Holland is a poem about the lifetime of work it takes to climb the ladder to Heaven. One needs to dedicate themselves to a life of good deeds to reach God.
The afterlife is incredibly important to the poet in this poem. They outline the many years of hard work achieving a spot at God's side requires in their quatrains.
‘Requiem’ by Robert Louis Stevenson is a poem about accepting death and finding peace in going “home” after a long life.
The person who buried the speaker has experienced a loss of someone they care about.
‘Tract’ by William Carlos Williams is a unique poem about funeral practices and how Williams’ speaker believed they should be altered to better serve the dead.
This poem deals with the real-world events after someone dies. The poet discusses how those left alive create funerals to make themselves feel better but should, instead, craft them to give the dead a proper farewell.