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She personifies death as a gentleman, who has come to pick her up from her busy life “He kindly stopped for me” (Dickinson). On her way she sees the school children playing, the fields of gazing grain, and the sun setting, which refer to her childhood, youth and elderly stages of life respectively. She wants the readers to understand that life is short and should be lived to its fullest as death waits for no one. It can be seen that both the poems want the readers to live their life in the best possible way, by facing all the challenges and not taking life for granted at any moment.
The poem “Mother to Son” is created in free verse, thus it has no perfect from, rhyme or meter. Whereas “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” contains iambic tetrameter in the first and third lines as they contain four feet and eight syllables in them, whereas the second and fourth lines consist of iambic trimeter. Thus, this poem has a fixed pattern and follows it throughout. Though the former is free verse, there are few places where rhymes have been used, such as “stair” and “bare,” and slant rhymes like “landin’s” and “climbin.” The latter has the last word of its second and fourth line rhyming such as “me” “Immortality,” “chill” “tulle,” “ground” and “mound” etc.
Hughes employs common language used in the black culture to emphasize the message in his poem. It is often perceived that educated people lack practicality so that must be the reason why he has portrayed the woman as one who “is not well educated, but is street smart and wise,” (Metaphor Analysis in Mother to Son) to pass on his message of not giving up and facing the difficulties in life with boldness and courage. The mother’s tone here is bold and straightforward. Emily Dickinson uses formal English and the poem contains archaic usage such as “tis”
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