Because I could not stop for Death— Questions and Answers
by Emily Dickinson

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In "Because I could not stop for death" how does the speaker feel about herself, others, and the subject? What is the author's attitude? How does the author feel about the speaker, subject and the reader?   

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In this poem, there are some indications about how the speaker, a woman who is taking a carriage ride with Death and Immortality, feels about herself, others, and the subject of dying. First, although she doesn't fight the experience, she is not confident in this journey and she does not feel prepared. We see this in the fact that she "could not stop for Death," but more powerfully when she describes her inappropriate dress. She is wearing only "Gossamer" and "Tulle," extremely lightweight fabrics, and she feels the deepening "Chill" as they approach the graveyard.

The only other "people" that are mentioned directly in the poem are Death and Immortality, personifications of these abstract concepts. She finds Death, the driver of the carriage, to be kind and civil, making it easier for her to go with him. Of her earthly relationships we have only one slight clue. When passing the schoolyard, she describes how the children "strove at recess in the ring." This makes recess time sound...

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