A man who drives a carriage to the speaker’s grave. The arguments to support this statement are that she mentions Death as a“he”. “We slowly drove, he knew no haste” This quote also illustrates that Death doesn’t hurry so it’s okay for him to drive slowly. He just takes his time and does his job which is to drive the carriage to the grave.
The speaker describes Death as a person and humanizes him instead of seeing him as a condition or a concept as others often do. The speaker personifies him as a polite man as you can see in this quote: “He kindly stopped for me”. Death is normal a negative described condition and something we don’t wish for anyone. But in this poem Death is in ...view middle of the document...
Most people see Death as a negative condition which gives sadness and grief, but in this poem the journey to the grave is calm and in a way a positive experience. The poem is written many years ago where people had a different view of Death, just because it happened more often than today.
Throughout the poem, the speaker…
Isn’t afraid of death. The speaker knows it’s time to go the grave. The speaker tells that “And I had put away. My labor, and my leisure too. For his civility” The speaker has surrendered to Death and puts her life away. Properly because she knows that there isn’t anything else to do and choose to cooperate with Death. In the first stanza the speaker is using “I” and “he” to illustrate two different parts. In the rest of the stanzas the speaker uses “we” because the speaker has accepted that Death is coming.
On the way to the speaker’s grave they pass these events as “we passed the school, where children strove. At recess, in the ring”, “we passed the fields of gazing grain” it illustrates that even when the speaker is gone, these events still go by. The children will still play in the ring every day in school and the grain will still be growing. The speaker remains calm and peaceful through the journey to the grave.
The speaker tells: “we paused before a house that seemed..” Using the word paused is telling us that the speaker and Death are only making a break at the grave. Graves used be an eternity and when first you have arrived you don’t come any further. The speaker’s body might be dead but the speaker’s soul isn’t.