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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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