There's Been a Death, in the Opposite House

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There's Been a Death, in the Opposite House


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"There's Been a Death, in the Opposite House"

“There’s Been a Death in the Opposite House” by Emily Dickinson

Ashley Kozell, Tomi Franco, and Jadah Felton

The picture above relates to this poem because this is where the Minister, the Milliner, and the Man of Appalling Trade all enter the house to go see the dead body that is currently inside.

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There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,As lately as Today —I know it, by the numb lookSuch Houses have — alway —The Neighbors rustle in and out — 5The Doctor — drives away —A Window opens like a Pod —Abrupt — mechanically —Somebody flings a Mattress out —The Children hurry by — 10They wonder if it died — on that —I used to — when a Boy —The Minister — goes stiffly in —As if the House were His —And He owned all the Mourners — now — 15And little Boys — besides —And then the Milliner — and the ManOf the Appalling Trade —To take the measure of the House —There’ll be that Dark Parade — 20Of Tassels — and of Coaches — soon —It’s easy as a Sign —The Intuition of the News —In just a Country Town —


Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts .Emily was educated and went to school at Amherst Academy. Which is now known as Amherst College. Emily was often diagnosed with frequent illnesses and depression. Dickinson began writing as a teenager. She was influenced by Leonard Humphrey, principal of Amherst Academy, and a family friend named Benjamin Franklin Newton. At the time most people thought that her poems were morbid because they talked about death. But the message that she was trying convey through her poems was that she was not scared of death and was prepared to die. Emily dickinson died on 15 May 1886. Her death was do to poor health and sudden illnesses.

Title- “There’s Been a Death, in the Opposite House."Paraphrase- In the poem, there’s a death that happened in a house. The look of the house gives a feeling of numbness, when you look at it. The people who visit this house is the Neighbors, Doctor, Children, Minister, Milliner, and a Man of Appalling Trade.Speaker- The speaker of the story is a neighbor observing the scene of the house right through their very own eyes.Figurative Language- Line 7- “A window opens like a pod” SimileLine 9- “Somebody flings a Mattress out” ImageryLine 3,4 show personification by the numb look house have.Line 20- "There'll be that Dark Parade" ImageryLine 5- "The Neighbors rustle in and out" ImageryAttitude- Dramatic, Dark, GloomyShifts- Stanza 7 shift from the tone, by everyone focused on the house with the death and the stanza seven shows the attention starting to disappear. Title- The title resembles the way the neighborhood deals with death. As we can tell, someone is watching the action happen.Theme/Message- The theme of this poem is to show society and class. This means that some people will sit back and observe on events while others will take action.

The poem, "Death, To The Dead For Evermore," by Robert Louis Stevenson can be related to the poem, "There's Been A Death In The Opposite House," by Emily Dickinson. They can relate because they both mention people coming to the door of the house of those who have died. Also, the poems use windows that are opened to help describe the simple things that are going on in the poem. Again, these are how these poems related to each other.

Emily Dickinson wrote her poem in Amherst, Massachusetts. The poem was based on the culture of not leaving the person who is dieing alone. The history behind the poem is how the poeple dealt with death.



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