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Analysis and comments on There's been a Death, in the Opposite House, by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 28 of 68, added on January 10th, 2010 at 6:15 PM.
'it'

i think that they refer to it as an 'it' because in the stanza before, the
window opens up 'abruptly, mechanically' as if to let the spirit travel to
heaven. they then refer to the body as an 'it' because the spirit has left.

Jo from United States
Comment 27 of 68, added on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:18 PM.

Ellie: Thanks for the awesome post!





Elearis from Malaysia
Comment 26 of 68, added on May 18th, 2009 at 11:49 AM.

A morbid poem it is but, it shows:
1. The strong belief of superstition (paragraph 3)
2. The influence of religion (paragraph 4)
3. Parties who profit from the grim aspect of death (paragraph 5)
4. The close relationship people in a country town have with each other.
(paragraph 6)

Keek Kai Shern from Malaysia
Comment 25 of 68, added on May 18th, 2009 at 11:48 AM.

A morbid poem it is but, it shows:
1. The strong belief of superstition (paragraph 3)
2. The influence of religion (paragraph 4)
3. Parties who profit from the grim aspect of death (paragraph 5)
4. The close relationship people in a country town have with each other.
(paragraph 6)

Keek Kai Shern from Malaysia
Comment 24 of 68, added on May 18th, 2009 at 11:27 AM.

I have new insights into the poem for my mid-years. Thnks a great deal you
all. Oh and karlton, good luck on your hunt.

Keek Kai Shern from Malaysia
Comment 23 of 68, added on February 2nd, 2009 at 10:14 AM.

Matt, you wanted an explanation regarding the reference to the black
parade , it refers to the fact that family wore black clothes as they
mostly do even today ,I would also think in those days family and friends
wearing black attire, followed behind the hearse to the graveyard walking
as indeed is still the custom in Ireland to this day, and seemed like a
parade.

Queenievenus from United Kingdom
Comment 22 of 68, added on January 21st, 2009 at 8:39 AM.

it show to us how to be grateful and more spirit for life.

ruzaida bt ahmad rodzi from Malaysia
Comment 21 of 68, added on December 29th, 2008 at 12:52 PM.

The reason the mattress is thrown out is because after death the bladder
and sometimes the bowel empties ,so for a very practical reason the
mattress is thrown out/away.
The use of "it" to refer to the dead person maybe to depersonelise the
death therefore making it easier to deal with ,or it maybe the gender is
unknown at that point.
It is a very realistic observation even today when we are less likely to
know our neighbours we know when there is unusual traffic and comers to a
house, also intuition is always at play.
I find this a very nice poem wonderfully observant and realistic this shows
us a part of life.

QUEENIEVENUS from United Kingdom
Comment 20 of 68, added on October 10th, 2008 at 7:39 AM.

replying to yaya from M'sia,
the mattress is being thrown out because the people are superstitious. That
is what i have been taught.

nadidaz from Malaysia
Comment 19 of 68, added on August 18th, 2008 at 7:53 AM.

Why is the mattress being thrown out from the window? What is the
significance of it? I know it indicates someone has died, but is it some
kind of ritual or tradition?

yaya from Malaysia

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Information about There's been a Death, in the Opposite House,

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 389. There's been a Death, in the Opposite House,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 30 2002


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