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Key theme

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Escaping boundaries, death, reflection, afterlife

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Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me

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Death does the speaker a service, offering her a courtesy in allowing her to die. Death is personified. The word ‘kindly’ is highly ironic and it distances from any fear of death. Speaker is immediately presented as detached.

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I had put away my labour and and my leisure too for his civility

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The speaker acts as if death was something of an inconvenience. Death can alleviate stress but also be unhelpful in terms of required task.

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Key techniques

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Extended metaphor and juxtaposition and personification

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We passed the school/the ring/the fields/the setting sun

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The anaphora of ‘we passed’ shows that it was a long and extended journey - in dying the speaker is escaping things which previously bound her. The speaker is detached from any possibility of reincarnation which is why she can speak posthumously

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Or rather, he passed us

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Form mirrors content -tonal shift and with ‘or rather’ the metre is interrupted

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The dews drew quivering and chill

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Pathetic fallacy - foreshadowing the end of any enjoyable element of death and implying there is a harsher side to it. -gothic trope

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For only gossamer, my gown, my tippet, only tulle

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Marriage to death? Momentous occasion so dressed up?

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We paused before a house that seemed a swelling of the ground

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Start of an extended metaphor , comparing grave to house. Euphemistic tone to soften reality. Also quite sinister as the ground will now be the speakers home- contrary to our expectations of home - maybe speaker is used to feeling buried in life

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Since then, ‘tis’ centuries and yet/feels shorter than the day’

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Speaker has been dead for vast tracts of time. While they have escaped the cycles of life, they are now entrapped in a tomb and bound by time