Emily Dickinson's Passive Tone

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First off, the passive atmosphere with which the speaker tells the poem leaves the impression that she is unconcerned about death. The passive tone is caused by her lack of control over death and this is shown in the very first lines of the poem: ‘‘Because I could not stop for death – He kindly stopped for me – ’’ She could not stop for death because it was not up to her to decide when or how death would come to here. In addition, death here is personified as a polite suitor picking her up in a carriage. Emily Dickinson did not portray death as a cloaked demon ripping away the speaker’s life. Since death is portrayed as a nice guy who came to offer his service, the speaker does not fear it and rather accepts it. Furthermore, the second verse
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