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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 ton appears kind and compassionate It is through the promise of immortality that fear is removed and death not only becomes acceptable but welcomed as well As human beings we feel that death never comes at a convenient or opportune time When Dickinson says Because I could not stop for Death she causes the reader to ask why she could not stop The obvious answer is that she was so wrapped up in her own life that she did not think about death She makes it clear that it is inescapable though when she says He kindly stopped for me The next lines The Carriage held but just Ourselves-And Immortality signify that the miracle of life is our most precious possession and promises the gift of unending life Immortalitys presence helps to remove 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 as they have forever to reach their destination This is stated in the line 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 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 the next lines reveal And I had put away-My labor had my leisure too Therefore the persona and death share
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