Which images in Emily Dickinson's poem were the most vivid for you? 

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Emily Dickinson's poem, "Because I could not stop for death," is one that explains how death can be perceived. In this poem, she personifies death, making it seem as though Death is a real person who is coming to take her for a ride  and onward to the end of her life. One of the most vivid images in the poem is the portrayal of Death as a kind, patient person. Dickinson uses the word 'kindly' to describe death. She says "he kindly stopped for me." This image of kind Death goes against many portrayals of death as either violent or mean or awful. Dickinson lets the reader know that sometimes death can be a gentle process, a kind one. As Death leads her on her journey, it takes her on a tour of her life and she finds that not only is she not afraid, she is at peace. Therefore, the image of Death as a kind, gentle force forms a vivid theme in this poem.

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