If you don't read carefully, "Epitaph for an Old Woman" may seem to be just a short poem about life and death as seen through the lens of a woman's burial. But, wait... there's something a little out of the ordinary going on here, like… a dead person trembling? Sure enough, metaphorically, if not literally, there's a healthy dose of the supernatural here, helping to make the poem more magical, and, we think, more meaningful.
Spooky, but sweet: In this poem, the supernatural is used to show the assumed emotions of the dead.
Not so fast. The supernatural element in this poem is meant as more than a metaphor than a literal happening.