The Heart asks Pleasure -- first -- And then -- Excuse from Pain -- And then -- those little Anodyness That deaden suffering -- And then -- to go to sleep -- And then -- if it should be The will of its Inquisitor The privilege to die --
This poem speaks on how death is more of a release , a freedom. How in different stages of people's life realisation's that people crave different feeling across a life time. When your very young happiness is easily conjured however, later in life happiness comes at a cost to some people. Dickinson says that in the end of a life the person is counting the hours they are awake. The poem on a whole is a bit depressing however i like how it confronts the complications with growing older. The rhythm in the poem gives it a short staged appearance again representing the stages in life.