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Nikka Ghalili WR100 N8 Ross Do onto Death as you would wish Death do onto you The two poems chosen, “Buffalo Bill's” by E.E.Cummings, and “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson, both address a personal relationship between the main characters and death. They do so, however in very different manners. In “Buffalo Bill's” Cummings uses structure and contrast of diction to portray how throughout his life, Buffalo Bill tried to master death, yet at the end death was able to overpower all the earthly accomplishments and make his life insignificant. Whereas in “Because I could not” Emily Dickinson uses diction and different writing techniques to show how the narrator in the poem accepts death as a companion, and becomes detached from this world of the living, therefore death leads her life to become eternal. In short, the two poems convey two different attitudes towards death, and hence two different reactions from death. In the poem “Buffalo Bill's”, Cummings uses contrast to show the reader how death overcame Buffalo Bill-- the late 19 th century American icon, if there was anyone at the time that could conquer death it would have been him. The poet structures the poem to start and end with the mentioning of the death of Buffalo Bill, while stating some of his living achievements in the middle. This way of structuring his death to surround his life in itself gives a feel of being over- powered. The poet further contrasts his life and death through his use of diction. The following lines are the parts regarding his achievements while he was alive: who used to 1 Ghalili
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ride a watersmooth-silver stallion and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat Jesus he was a handsome man This segment is a very impressive description of Buffalo Bill's abilities. Cummings even joins words together: “onetwothreefourfive”, “pigeonsjustlikethat” to make the words bigger and faster to read, which gives the reader a sense of being overwhelmed. This description was also
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This note was uploaded on 06/18/2008 for the course WR 100 taught by Professor Gilbert during the Fall '08 term at BU.

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