Bereavement in their death to feel
Whom We have never seen —
A Vital Kinsmanship import
Our Soul and theirs — between —

For Stranger — Strangers do not mourn —
There be Immortal friends
Whom Death see first — ’tis news of this
That paralyze Ourselves —

Who, vital only to Our Thought —
Such Presence bear away
In dying — ’tis as if Our Souls
Absconded — suddenly —

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  1. Steve Zeng (Zeng Lingzhong) says:

    There are 34 poems by Enily Dickinson. This one is very special, The word “death” in the beginning line of this poem is not capitalized. There are two “death”s in this poem.
    The first one, “death” is not capitalized, which can be seen as normal “death” — departure from the living, opposite to birth.
    While the second one, “Death” is capitalized, which is thought as a Certain person, whose name should be capitalized. Could anyone give me another understanding? Thanks.

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