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

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In this poem, Death is personified as a lover, someone who woos the (female) speaker, who he picks up in his carriage as though they were going on a date. The speaker has, evidently, just died. Death drives slowly and is quite civil to the speaker, and she has abandoned all other pursuits to be with him. As they drive, they pass a school...

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The poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" is a beautiful poem that depicts death as a person who comes to collect a person who has died.  The poem tells the story as seen through the eyes of the dead person.  Death is kind and mannerly and comes to collect the person in his carriage. 

While on the journey to the place Death is taking the person, Death guides the carriage past places the person recalls in past and present.  The carriage ride is peaceful and memorable.  The person in the end of the poem has been dead for awhile, but continues to recall her last carriage ride with death.

One of the important features of the poem is that Death is personified.