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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 8 of 58, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 9:34 AM.

Yea Karlton, youre right. Death is your only option. Go for it.

Christ from United States
Comment 7 of 58, added on January 23rd, 2005 at 7:04 PM.

I love her work!!

Elle from Australia
Comment 6 of 58, added on January 19th, 2005 at 1:57 PM.

I understand the overall meaning of the poem and that she is trying to show
the different reactions of various characters to death, but the last stanza
throws me off, as does the mention of the "dark parade"

matt from United States
Comment 5 of 58, added on January 12th, 2005 at 7:50 AM.

It is to be remembered of Dickinson that she uses many voices, in this poem
in particular it is a grown mans recollection of death 'They wonder if it
died- on that-/ I used to when a Boy-' the trivilising by calling the dead
body 'it' encompasses the feeling of the poem. The mudane realities of
death, such as taking 'measures of the House' for a coffin and making of
the hats for the funaral, is far from the mystical Interpretation of her
other works. Dickinson critises the minister who 'goes stiffly in-/ As if
the House were His-' and the monopolising he and the other proffesions do
with death. There is a natural morbid curiosity, as the news is spread
around the town. Here death taken down to its every day realities.
In response to previous comments I recommend a more thorough reading of
both this poem and Dickison's collective works. Her preoccupation with
death and the after life stems not from continuous suicidal tendancies, but
the strick Calvinistic enviroment in which she lived. The split between the
elect and a damned caused Dickinson to question her own thoughts and
believes. It is true that Dickinson's profound, but ordinary, desciptions
of pain and loss are difficult to reproduce, hence the appreciation shown
by any like minded sufferer. i refer such an appreciator to ' i shall keep
singing' and suggest they try to emulate qualities suggested in 'Her Losses
make our Gains ashamed' (Dickinson's homage to George Elliot') I hope this
shall make for more intellectual discussion of Dickinson's works.

Ellie from United Kingdom
Comment 4 of 58, added on January 12th, 2005 at 7:29 AM.

Karlton, I don't know who you are but I hope you are ok. Death is never the
only option and, there is always a chance that things will get better.

Anon from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 58, added on January 6th, 2005 at 3:04 PM.

I have a lot of pain and misery in my life. The crying continues, locking
in my room, the agony to hang myself. I can't continue my life. Nobody
cares about me. People just want to hate me. I am a nobody. Just like Emily
Dickinson, i feel left alone. Death is my only option.

karlton from United States
Comment 2 of 58, added on December 28th, 2004 at 3:34 PM.

I dont really understand this poem..im trying to analyze it but its just
not my thing.can anyone tell me the theme of this poem besides just..death?

erika from United States
Comment 1 of 58, added on September 15th, 2004 at 9:00 AM.

This is one of Emily's poem that have a big theme on death. As we know she
really like to write about something unusual and eccentric. She also had
her own independent thinking about religious opinion. In this poem she uses
a persona t describe a situation in a neighbourhood where the death occurs

Mohamad Fahmy Abdullah

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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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