The primary action is the interaction between an individual and death, as a force. The development of the poem is an experience in a carriage between the speaker and the force of death. It goes on to detail what these experiences were, the places seen, and the emotions experienced. The person in the poem seems to be one that is at peace with this conception of death and the experience shared with death. The vision of death offered is one that is fairly different from its traditional depiction. Descriptions such as "kindly" and "civility" bring to light that death is not something to be feared or to be resented, but rather is a part of the life cycle which should be embraced in the mind of the individual.