Because I Could Not Stop For Death

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dedicated to Tejaswee Rao (19 Jan 1991 – 11 Aug 2010)

A Poem By Emily Dickinson

For Tejaswee Rao!
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 labour, 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 'tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.

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  1. Though I cannot fully appreciate the poem but I know it's beautiful. May TR's soul rest in peace.

  2. @Ajay: Interpretation and analysis of the poem-

  3. Thanks Giribala for the link. I've got check out the Afghanistan war link too you'd given earlier.

  4. Such a tragic end to a beautiful life...
    And I love this poem.. Thanks for the link..It did help in understanding it better. yes, my interpretation was a little different!


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