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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4. Line 22. "It's easy as a sign". This is a simile. It contributes by showing how easy the representation is.Tone:Mysterious, Gloomy, SomberTitle Interpretation:This peom is actually meant to talk about how a sudden event can change the feeling of a placeTheme:The theme or message of this poem is that an event can change how things are in a society. This can make it darker and be a new feeling.

Jonathan Tran, Period 4

This picture relates to the poem because it is of the author, Emily Dickenson.

Paraphrase: Across the street, someone has died in their home, and the family is preparing for a funeral and etc.Speaker: The speaker in this poem is a person who lives across from the house.

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

There's Been a Death in the Opposite Houseby: Emily Dickenson

Lit. Devices: 1. line 3 and 4 , "I know it by the numb look Such Houses have- alway." This is personification, adding effect to show how the houses look "numb" or gloomy.2. Line 7. "A window opens like a pod". This is a simile. It enhances the poem by giving a mental visual on how the window opened.3. Line 14 "As if the house were his". This enhances the poem by showing how casually and naturally the Minister went in.


This song is from a show that i used to watch as a child. This music was played in the death scenes that had a large impact on the society.

Facts about the poet.Like most writers, Emily Dickinson wrote about what she knew and about what intrigued her. A keen observer, she used images from nature, religion, law, music, commerce, medicine, fashion, and domestic activities to probe universal themes: the wonders of nature, the identity of the self, death and immortality, and love.

ReferencesOlivarez, J. (2011, November 29). Death Came. Retrieved March 24, 2015, from Editorial Team. (2008, November 11). There's been a Death, in the Opposite House Poem Text. Retrieved March 24, 2015, from Characteristics of Dickinson's Poetry | Emily Dickinson Museum. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2015, from

Death Came by the Neighborhoodby: Juan OlivarezDeath came by the neighborhood, Making very little noise.Being so punctual I hoped he would, Leave as quickly with his choice.

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