In “Because I could not stop for Death” and “I heard a Fly buzz,” Emily Dickinson tackles one of poetry’s most enduring themes, death. Most serious poets at some time write about death. Because no human can experience it and then relate the experience, the poet is always approaching the topic a priori. As such, every poet presents death as a different experience based on his or her interpretation. In her two poems, Dickinson expounds a view of death that is unusual in that it does not represent death as the terminal point of life that most readers expect. Instead, Dickinson presents an afterlife in each poem, though the tone of the poems and their use of metaphor differ. In “Because I could not stop for Death,” Dickinson uses personification to illustrate a kinder view of death. The speaker personifies death by capitalizing the name and using the pronoun “he” to describe it (Dickinson 2). The speaker presents death as a person so that the reader can relate to the idea in human form. Also, the Death of the poem is not the Grim Reaper of popular depiction. This Death “kindly stop[s]” for the speaker (2). This presentation of death is of great importance in creating an idea of an afterlife in the poem. If death were personified as a figure to be feared, the reader would consequently fear death. However, the speaker wants the reader to feel comfortable with death because it is a journey that continues beyond the grave. Not only is death personified, he is given an important role as well.