While most poets and writers speak of death as something to fear and one of the darkest parts of our existence, Dickinson puts a lightness and comfortableness to the subject. She describes a carriage ride with death that seems relaxed and accepting. “[…] The Carriage held but just ourselves- And Immortality” (3). She feels no fear as she is driven to eternity, passing school yards and fields along the way. Death slowly relieves her of all worries as the sun sets. It seems as if Dickinson is communicating from beyond the grave, describing a life she had passed through many centuries ago when the horses guided her slowly away to her grave. Although her body has been buried in the ground for a very long time, her spirit or conscience lives on afterward into eternity. In contrast, in "I heard a Fly buzz when I died" the author has not been dead centuries but just moments. She describes her loved ones being around. The author states, "The eyes around-- had wrung them dry-- And Breaths were gathering firm [...](5-6)
The most common belief held at the time Dickinson wrote her poem on death... [continues]
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