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Light after the Dark Two Poems Two Ideas One Author Two of Emily Dickinsons poems Because I Could Not Stop For Death940-941and I Heard A Fly Buzz-When I Died 941-942 are both about one of lifes few certainties death However that is where the similarities end Although both poems were created less than a year apart by the same poet their ideas about what lies after death differ In one there appears to be life after death but in the other there is nothing In the piece Because I Could Not Stop For Death we are being told the tale of a person who is being taken away by Death This is our first indication that this poem believes in an afterlife In most religions where there is a grim reaper like specter this entity will deliver a persons soul to another place usually a heaven or a hell In this case it does not state which In the second stanza We drove slowly- He knew no haste li 5it shows that they were traveling to an after life very slowly because death had finally come and the person is peacefully giving in Might as well be calm and relaxed In the fifth stanza Death and the woman pause before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground- The Roof was scarcely visible- The Cornice in the Ground-17-20 though the poem does not directly say it it is highly probable that this grave is the persons own It is also possible the persons body already rests beneath the soil in a casket If this is at all accurate then their spirit or soul may be the one who is looking at the house Spirits and souls usually mean there is an afterlife involved It isnt until the sixth and final stanza where the audience obtains conclusive evidence that Because I Could Not Stop For Death believes in an afterlife The woman recalls how
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