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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 16 of 76, added on March 7th, 2008 at 9:08 AM.

the word 'house' in line 19 refers to?

maylee from Malaysia
Comment 15 of 76, added on January 9th, 2006 at 4:49 PM.

its a hard poem to read. i have to read it for english. can someone please
help me by explaining it?

Anonymous from United States
Comment 14 of 76, added on November 30th, 2005 at 5:51 PM.

I think that all Emily is saying is that basically, people are conditioned
to deal with death from a young age because death has visible signs even
when the actual “death” itself isn’t apparent. Because of this, much of the
emotional aspects of death are non-existant in the onlookers of the scene
because they have been desensitized to the whole concept of death. The use
of "it" in line 11 (they wonder if it died on that-) completely
depersonalizes the persons death, and thus, the children who are wondering
about "it" show no emotion towards the situation, but rather grimace at the
thought of the dead body. Yet, the speaker states "i used to when a boy"
showing that this non-sentimental attitude towards death is innate in
children. In a nutshell, the theme is that the scene of death has visible
signs even when a body is lacking, and beginning at a young age we pick up
on the signs and thus become conditioned to deal with death.

kylie from United States
Comment 13 of 76, added on April 20th, 2005 at 1:04 PM.

*****Quote******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 ******Quote*****

To matt a dark parade would be like a funeral procession we today have

xxbloodyxwristxx from United States
Comment 12 of 76, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 12:00 AM.

Hahaha. You humor me. I am scared of you, Mr.
I'm-Gonna-Kill-You-Then-Myself-Man. How are you going to hunt me down? I
honestly don't think that an internet Comment Board is the right place to
look for advice on whether or not to kill yourself. How about a
psychiatrist? I'm sure TIMMY-C would be willing to give you a ride, because
his car goes really fast, and everything. God doesn't love you.

Sathappan from United States
Comment 11 of 76, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 2:37 PM.

Karlton, i will help you in your quest to find death, after i help you find
Sathappan and Christ. i love my car. it goes so fast.

TIMMY-C from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comment 10 of 76, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 11:48 AM.

I am going to hunt you down and find you christ and sathappan, i dont
appreciate what you said at all. You mock the status of my life and tempt
me to kill my own self. You two are evil people. I will kill you.

karlton from United States
Comment 9 of 76, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 10:18 AM.

Well done, Karlton! I don't care about you either! Maybe I'll see you in
the after life, except you might be in hell! Jolly good work! Keep it up!
Nooses are great!

Sathappan from United States
Comment 8 of 76, 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 76, added on January 23rd, 2005 at 7:04 PM.

I love her work!!

Elle from Australia

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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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