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Because I could not stop for Death

Because I could not stop for Death

by Emily Dickinson

Immortality Quotes

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Quote #1

The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality. (3-4)

The speaker knows this journey to death is also the beginning of the afterlife. So she believes she will continue a life, just not here on Earth. No wonder she's not freaking out.

Quote #2

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain – (9-11)

Children grow up and fields go dry – these are examples of things that won't last forever. As the speaker passes them, perhaps their transience reminds her of her soon-to-be immortality.

Quote #3

Since then – 'tis Centuries – […] (21)

Well, she's talking to us from somewhere, and it sure isn't Earth. We now have proof that she continued on somewhere after she died. "Centuries" is a really long time, so whatever afterlife it is (Heaven?) it's not a normal human life span, and we get a sense she'll live forever where she is now.

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