The fourth stanza marks the change in tone that reveals this; the onset of ominous 'chill' as the carriage passes into darkness highlights how unprepared Death has left her, providing no warning of what is to come. Middle Life, in this poem, is extrodinarily transient, compressed into the third stanza where childhood, the ripening 'Grain' of middle age and the setting sun of old age's decline are ploughed through in four lines.
The poet makes this already short liftime seem even less substantial by the anaphoric use of 'We passed', which increases the pace of the poem and gives the passage of time an inevitable feel.
In the final stanza, we learn that her ride with Death took place centuries ago, but seems to her as if it happened yesterday.
When she took that ride with death she first realized that the horses and carriage were taking her to an afterlife.
The reason she never titled her work was because she never meant to publish any of her poetry.
In the poem, she repeats the phrase, “We passed,” and this might be a clue to the reader that she has passed away.She personifies death as a gentleman who takes her for a relaxing ride on a carriage literally through memory lane.In stanza one, Death picks her up in a carriage with Immortality as another passenger.She constantly fought with depression as a child and It continued Into her adulthood. She was able to change her view on death and this poem shows what her beliefs were about death.Dickinson did not title any of her poems so the title given to this poem is Just the first line.Stanza SIX, the last stanza, confirms that the speaker died centuries ago but she still remembers every aspect and every detail of her life as if it was Just yesterday.Without a doubt, this poem contains many beautifully-used poetic devices.This repetition allows the eaters to infer that the speaker of the poem is a spirit or ghost reminiscing of her past.Undoubtedly, the speaker of the poem Is dead but she seems to be very tranquil about It.The repetition and ryhme of 'ground' at the end of two lines in this stanza gives it a pounding finality; suggesting perhaps that this, and not the expected 'Immortality', is to be Dickinson's final resting place. It, in some senses, continues a trend set by 'This world is not Conlcusion.' and 'Behind me ? '; a trend of diminishing confidence: Dickinson's once absolute faith in a world beyond our own develops into a confused fear at the nature of the afterlife; it may be a 'Maelstrom in the sky', surrounded by 'Midnight', or perhaps just a house in the ground.All this confusion is the product of Dickinson's upbringing; 'the Tooth that nibbles at the soul' is a doubt that was to Puritans damning, and once she admits to herself its existence her future is uncertain and heaven perhaps inachievable.