This is a poem written by Emily Dickinson about death. In my opinion, I believe that even the unique way that Emily phrased the title helps to give meaning or set the theme of the poem. She stops the title as if it was in the middle of the sentence, right after a key word, advanced. This shows that maybe Emily was indicating a sudden abrupt stop to the advancement of a person or persons’ journey with the punctuation “- – “. I previously used the word “persons” because Emily uses the word “our” which indicates that she was possibly inferring that this journey was shared between two people. Emily also uses past tense as if to say that this poem’s journey had been experienced before. The “Fork” and “Eternity” suggests that the journey had come to a point where there where two different paths to choose from, both leading to a different type of eternity. Having been a Christian, Emily’s choice of words suggests that the two paths would lead to two different eternal destinations, Heaven or Hell. The next stanza suggests that the people paused in shock of the choice that they had to make. No one wants to die, and having to walk through the “Forest of the Dead” suggests that the people will have to walk through it and die before reaching its final destination of Heaven or Hell. That was why the people were reluctant to walk towards it. However, they could not turn back or “retreat” because that was impossible and “out of Hope.” The ending suggests that the people chose the path towards Heaven. This shown through stating that God was “at every Gate” and that there was a “White Flag.” In most Christian communities, the color white means cleansing and purity that Jesus Christ gave to us when he died on the cross.



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