I was wondering if someone could help me with some homework I have on this poem. here is a copy of the poem....

  1. Because I could not stop for Death --
  2. He kindly stopped for me --
  3. The Carriage held but just Ourselves --
  4. And Immortality.
  5. We slowly drove -- He knew no haste

  6. And I had put away
  7. My labor and my leisure too,
  8. For His Civility --

  9. We passed the School, where Children strove
  10. At Recess -- in the Ring --
  11. We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain --
  12. We passed the Setting Sun --

  13. Or rather -- He passed Us --
  14. The Dews drew quivering and chill --
  15. For only Gossamer, my Gown --
  16. My Tippet -- only Tulle --

  17. We paused before a House that seemed
  18. A Swelling of the Ground --
  19. The Roof was scarcely visible --
  20. The Cornice -- in the Ground --

  21. Since then -- 'tis Centuries -- and yet
  22. Feels shorter than the Day
  23. I first surmised the Horses' Heads
  24. Were toward Eternity --
Heres the questions i have to answer. I GREATLY appreciate anyone and everyones help! I do not expect to be given the answers to the questions i'd just like some hints in the right direction.

What kind of person is Death? How does the poet characterize him?

What does the "house" in stanza #5 symbolize?

Readers often have different opinions about the final stanza of the poem. Some believe it holds a tone of terror, while others think it expresses confidence and acceptance. What do you think? Explain your answer.
I found this site:


It seems to provide a really helpful explanation of the poem.

What kind of person is Death? How does the poet characterize him?

Death is personified as a gentleman caller or suitor. Thomas H. Johnson calls him "one of the great characters of literature." But exactly what kind of person is he?

  • Is Death a kind, polite suitor? The speaker refers to his "kindness" and "civility." He drives her slowly; is this an expression of tact and consideration for her? If he is the courteous suitor, then Immortality, who is also in the carriage (or hearse) would be their chaperon, a silent one.

  • Is Death actually a betrayer, and is his courtly manner an illusion to seduce her? Because of his kindness in stopping for her, she agrees to go with him ("put away / My labor and my leisure too"). Is Death really cruel? She is not properly dressed for their journey; she is wearing only a gossamer gown and tulle tippet.

  • This website also provides the answers to your other questions. For example, the 'house' represents a gravesite.
The house represents a grave.
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The house represents a gravesite.
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