There's been a death in the opposite house

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There's been a death in the opposite house

Emily Dickinson was a reclusive American poet. Unrecognized in her own time, Dickinson is known posthumously for her unusual use of form and syntax.Born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson left school as a teenager to live a reclusive life on the family homestead. Emily Dickinson was educated at Amherst Academy (now Amherst College) and the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. She was an excellent student, despite missing long stretches of the school year due to frequent illness and depression. Her depression was a great reason for this poem. Her illness made her think of and write, dark and depressing poems.

Emily Dickinson Biography

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 —

Raha Haghani Period 1

TPSFASTTT- "There's been a death in the opposite house"P- There was a recent death. They can tell by the attitude of the people there. Many people enter the house to do their duties, like take the body, talk to the family, and measure the house. S- The neighbor across the street who is observing the house and the death.F- doctor drives (line 6) alliteration somebody flings a mattress out (line 9) imagery like a pod (line 7) simile boys besides (line 16) alliteration easy as a sign (22) simile A- depressed, mournful, gloomyS-line 1-20 talks about death and the effect it has and in line 21-24 it is about how the town will be changedT- The death has caused everyone in the town to come and complete each thing that must be done.T- One death changes many lives.

The Death of Minnehaha Painting relates to this story because it shows the death of a loved one and the distress it causes for the people around them.

There's been a Death, in the Opposite HouseBy Emily Dickinson

This poem relates to the first one since they both talk about death. Each of these poems are about how someone died and the effect it has on the people who were close to the deceased. However, in the first poem they are just shocked and in the second one, they are in denial.

"He is Not Dead"I cannot say, and I will not sayThat he is dead. He is just away.With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,He has wandered into an unknown landAnd left us dreaming how very fairIt needs must be, since he lingers there.And you—oh you, who the wildest yearnFor an old-time step, and the glad return,Think of him faring on, as dearIn the love of There as the love of Here.Think of him still as the same. I say,He is not dead—he is just away.

This song talks about the feelings someone has after their loved one passed away. In the poem, it talks about everyone in the town, and what they do after this person passed away. Both of these pieces show the effects of death on the people surrounding them. In the song lyrics, it says that "everyday it's sinking in and I have to say goodbye all over again" and that is probably what all of the people in the poem are feeling after they discovered the death.

ReferencesPoetry Out Loud : There's been a Death, in the Opposite House. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2015, from http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poem/182157Good Reads. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2015, from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/death-of-a-loved-oneThe Death of Minnehaha. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Minnehaha

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