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Because I could not stop for Death The poem Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson expresses the speakers reflection on death The poem focuses on the concept of life after death This poems setting mirrors the circumstances by which death approaches and deaths tone appears kind and compassionate It is through the promise of immortality that fear is removed and death not only becomes acceptable but welcomed as wellAs human beings we feel that death never comes at a convenient or opportune time However when death makes an appearance it approaches bearing gifts of kindness Civility And Immortality One can almost envision civility as being tall dark and handsomely dressed in a black tuxedo arriving promptly as any gentlemen would to pick up his date for an evening out Immortality also serves as a passenger in deaths Carriage This signifies the miracle of life is our most precious possession and promises the gift of unending life as shown by The Carriage held but just Ourselves- And Immortality lines 3-4 Immortalitys presence helps to remove all fears as we exit the physical world and provides the recipient with the necessary assistance to assure that the transition from reality to spirituality is a pleasant experience If the promise of immortality did not exist one would never go along willingly nor would one welcome death without fear Death and the speaker ride along with absolutely no concept of the passage of time They are not hurried or rushed as they have forever to reach their destination This is stated in line 5 We slowly drove- He knew no haste Having completed all her earthly chores the speaker states that they are no longer of any concern to her For now there is no sewing cooking cleaning farming or caring for loved ones The speaker has been allowed the luxury of rest and relaxation as lines 6-7 reveals And I had put
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