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"Because I Could Not Stop for Death," Vocabulary from the poem

April 9, 2013
One of Emily Dickinson's most famous poems, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" is a deceptively simple meditation on all kinds of endings (etext found here).
immortality
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.
haste
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
labor
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
leisure
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
civility
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
gaze
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
pause
We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground
swelling
We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground
scarcely
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
visible
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
cornice
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
mound
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
century
Since then 't is centuries
surmise
but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.
eternity
but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.

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