In the poem “Because I could not stop for Death,” written by Emily Dickinson, death is personified as a kind and gentle man. “Because I could not stop for Death” like many of Dickinson’s other poems which are based on death and immortality, describes the speakers rejection of death and her eventual acceptance of the afterlife. The poem’s point of view is given through a flashback. The speaker is already dead, but this is unknown until the very last stanza when the speaker says, “Since then ‘tis centuries; (17).” The poem is a reflection of the speaker’s life, and also a reflection on the speakers journey to death. Dickinson starts the poem with the word “because,” which helps the reader assume the speaker is replying to some sort of question. This makes the poem feel more active and alive, which is ironic because the poem is about death. Dickinson is quick to reveal the moral of the poem, and her clever diction distinguishes the poem from others.
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