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

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How does Dickinson use figurative language to develop a theme in the poem?

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Dickinson personifies Death, characterizing it like one might describe a suitor, someone who comes to woo the speaker of the poem. Death is not threatening, scary, or strange; rather, he knows "no haste" as they drive away together, and he treats the young woman with "Civility." As they drive, they pass numerous places familiar to her from her life, as well as the "Setting Sun," which seems to symbolize death as well, in a likewise gentle and beautiful way. The personification of Death as a young man who comes to woo the speaker helps to convey the theme that Death is not strange and terrible but, perhaps, only something new . Dickinson...

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