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What is your favourite poem which the the theme "death" is brought up?

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | Valedictorian

Posted May 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM via web

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What is your favourite poem which the the theme "death" is brought up?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM (Answer #1)

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In "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," Emily Dickinson portrays death as a pleasant carriage ride with a handsome gentleman.  In the long line of Dickinson's many poems focusing on the topic of death, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" treats the topic seriously, but portrays the occurence as something not to fear or revile; in this poem, death becomes more comfortable, common-place even.  Like the tranquil, calm motion of the carriage, the poem's lines carry the reader to the inevitability of a death which may not be so horrifying after all. 

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