There's been a Death in the Opposite House

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Poetry
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There's been a Death in the Opposite House

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Hope Mackey, Period 5

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"There's been a Death in the Opposite House"by Emily DickinsonThere’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,As lately as Today —I know it, by the numb lookSuch Houses have — alway — 5 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: "Annabel Lee"by Edgar Allen PoeIt was many and many a year ago,In a kingdom by the sea,That a maiden there lived whom you may knowBy the name of Annabel Lee;5 And this maiden she lived with no other thoughtThan to love and be loved by me.I was a child and she was a child,In this kingdom by the sea,But we loved with a love that was more than love—10 I and my Annabel Lee—With a love that the wingèd seraphs of HeavenCoveted her and me.And this was the reason that, long ago,In this kingdom by the sea15 A wind blew out of a cloud, chillingMy beautiful Annabel Lee;So that her highborn kinsmen cameAnd bore her away from me,To shut her up in a sepulchre20 In this kingdom by the sea.The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,Went envying her and me—Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,In this kingdom by the sea)25 That the wind came out of the cloud by night,Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.But our love it was stronger by far than the loveOf those who were older than we—Of many far wiser than we—30 And neither the angels in Heaven aboveNor the demons down under the seaCan ever dissever my soul from the soulOf the beautiful Annabel Lee;For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams35 Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyesOf the beautiful Annabel Lee;And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the sideOf my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,40 In her sepulchre there by the sea—In her tomb by the sounding sea.

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Emily Dickinson:A Biography Emily Dickinson, the American Poet, was born in Massachusetts on December, 10, 1830. Emily's grandfather was the founder of Amherst college, which is one of the places that Emily was educated. Dickinson's father was a state legislator, and her mother, gave birth to Emily, as well as William and Lavinia. During Dickinson's early years, she was educated at Amherst College and at the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Although Emily exceled as a student, she missed school frequently, due to illness and depression. These factors caused Emily to become frail, both emotionally and physically, which was probably the most prominent reason why Emily left the academy in 1848. As a teenager, Dickinson began her writing career, and was introduced to poetry in 1955. A majority of Emily's influences come from a famliy friend named Benjamin Franklin Newton, as well as the poet, William Wordsworth. During this time, Emily had frequently given care to her sickly mother, which was a major factor of Emily's seclusion. From this point on, Emily was a sufferer of agoraphobia, depression, and anxiety, but she continued her writings. Around the 1860s, Dickinson began to slow down her producing of writings, but, instead, began to study botany and became more social. On May 15, 1886, Dickinson died, of kidney disease, when she was only 56. Although only a few, if not, any, of Dickinson's writings were published, her sister, Lavinia, found all of Emily's work. In 1890, few of these poems were sold, but in 1955, a compilation was published, which is called The Poems of Emily Dickinson. This most recent publication has earned Emily Dickinson most of her fame, and has engraved Emily's name into history forever.

The Poem, Itself:"There's been a Death in the Opposite House" was written by Emily Dickinson. Like most of Dickinson's poems, this poem was written in her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Most of Emily's poems, like this one, were written in the nineteenth century. Although much isn't known about the poem, it is believed to be a simulation of Emily's point of view; because Emily was so secluded in her own home, she viewed almost everything through her house's window. Thus, many people believe that Emily was describing her neighborhood. Also, because it is known that Emily suffered from depression and anxiety, as well as caring for her dying mother, she had probably wanted to express her innermost feelings about the topic of death.


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