Identify and explain the mood and tone of the poem, "Because I could Not Stop for Death," by Emily Dickinson.

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Emily Dickinson had a clear fascination with death throughout the body of her work. She tended to write about human mortality with moods that were not at all typical of what one might expect from such a subject. "Because I could not stop for Death" is no exception. The speaker...

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Emily Dickinson had a clear fascination with death throughout the body of her work. She tended to write about human mortality with moods that were not at all typical of what one might expect from such a subject. "Because I could not stop for Death" is no exception.

The speaker of the poem personifies death as kind and gentle,] and recites the events of her passing in a whimsical, almost childlike way. This seems disconcerting at first, considering the dark nature of the poem's subject matter. However, Dickinson sets a mood that feels comfortable and safe. She uses a meter that reminds the reader of a nursery rhyme. The speaker does not fight death. She simply and comfortably watches the scenes go by as she makes her way to her new "house."

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