Theres Been a Death in the Opposite House

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Theres Been a Death in the Opposite House

Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson was a American poet. She was not recognized for her work and use of form and syntax. Born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson dropped out of school school as a teenager to live with her family at home. She filled notebooks with poetry and wrote hundreds of letters. Dickinson wrote this poem because she noticed a death in her small town neighborhood, and she decided to write about how she could see that some one in the house has died by multiple signs described in the poem. She was really just describinghow obvious it is to see when someone has died in a small town. Her work was published after her death—on May 15, 1886, in Amherst—and she is a figure that is studied and appreciated in American literature.

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Recources:There's been a Death, in the Opposite House ( Shmoop Editorial Team. Out Loud : There's been a Death, in the Opposite House (Poetry Out Loud : There's been a Death, in the Opposite House) of the Dead (Poetry Foundation)By: Graham, Ruth. New Daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson? | Dickinson Electronic Archives (A New Daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson? | Dickinson Electronic Archives)

"There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House"By Emily DickinsonAs lately as Today —I know it, by the numb lookSuch 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 — 10 The 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 ManOf 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 —

Related Poem"Spirits of the Dead"BY EDGAR ALLAN POEIThy soul shall find itself alone’Mid dark thoughts of the gray tombstone—Not one, of all the crowd, to pryInto thine hour of secrecy. II5 Be silent in that solitude, Which is not loneliness—for thenThe spirits of the dead who stood In life before thee are againIn death around thee—and their will10 Shall overshadow thee: be still. IIIThe night, tho’ clear, shall frown—And the stars shall look not downFrom their high thrones in the heaven,With light like Hope to mortals given— 15 But their red orbs, without beam,To thy weariness shall seemAs a burning and a feverWhich would cling to thee for ever. IVNow are thoughts thou shalt not banish,20 Now are visions ne’er to vanish;From thy spirit shall they passNo more—like dew-drop from the grass. VThe breeze—the breath of God—is still—And the mist upon the hill,25 Shadowy—shadowy—yet unbroken,Is a symbol and a token—How it hangs upon the trees,A mystery of mysteries!This poem related to "There's been a death in the opposite house" because both of these poems are about the subject of death. And how we can all see the signs of death on people when it has occurred. Or how death brings questioning to hand, and that it it a mystery to look upon.

Annotation Title:There's been a death in the opposite house Paraphrase: The speaker sees people across the street in his small village down, and noticed all the signs that there has been a death in the house. These signs are the doctors driving away, people crying, and throwing the stuff in the house out. There are children wandering around the house, women grieving, and a minister trying to take control of the situation at hand. Speaker: The speaker is an adult man, who is a neighbor to the house across the street. Figurative Language: Personification -"Rustle" to describe the women in the house moving about (like thier dresses). Giving the dress human properties. Long dashes in between phrases: to illustrate the towns people gossip. The Minister of the Church assures and takes control of the people and situation, which is explined by the hyperbole "The minister goes stiffly in". Tone: Totally somul and serious tone throughout the poem. It's not sad as one would expect from a poem about death, it's more orless a "matter of fact" kind of tone. Shifts: Shifts from the present time to the future of the funeral being described. Theme/Message: Death is a natural occurrence. But it is still sad for those who have lost a loved one. Title: The title shows that someone has passed away in a small neighborhood.


The art here shows people mauring in from of a house, just like Dickinson decribed in her poem. There is also a small village house that it empty, as is the house decribed in the poem by Dickinson.

Steven Little P5

"In my time of dying" is a song about death and how we ourselves will move on and so will our loved ones too. The song related to "There's been a death in the house" because they're both about death and others grieving and moving on from the experience.


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