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Because I could not stop for Death A Poem of Both Marriage and Death When thinking of both marriage and death the word eternity comes to mind Marriage is looked at as a symbol of eternal love and death is looked at as a state of eternal rest Also Christians consider life after death as an eternal state In Because I could not stop for Death Emily Dickinson portrays death by describing an eternal marriage On the literal level the speaker remembers a time where she was carried off and eloped with a man called Death and his partner in crime Immortality Not realizing that going with Death meant that she would have to leave this world and live with him in his house forever she shows herself as being immature at that time As she leaves to go with Death the speaker states We slowly droveHe knew no hasteAnd I had put awayMy labor and my leisure too For his Civility--5-8 In these lines she shows how she must leave her household to work for her new husband On the way to Deaths house they passed the school where Children stroveAt Recessin the Ring9-10 The fact that she mentions the kids fighting and playing at recess also shows how she must leave her life of leisure for a life of work She must go work for her husband Death at his household The next quatrain is when the speaker finally realizes that she is leaving this world to join Death in his world She states We passed the Fields of Gazing GrainWe passed the Setting SunOr ratherHe passed Us11-13 The next lines also show how she is leaving her world into another colder environment The speaker says The Dews drew quivering and chillFor only Gossamer my GownMy Tippetonly Tulle14-16 The gown and scarf that she had worn for the trip were too thin to protect her from the cold place that they
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