There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,

There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,
As lately as Today —
I know it, by the numb look
Such Houses have — alway —

The Neighbors rustle in and out —
The Doctor — drives away —
A Window opens like a Pod —
Abrupt — mechanically —

Somebody flings a Mattress out —
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 —
And He owned all the Mourners — now —
And little Boys — besides —

And then the Milliner — and the Man
Of the Appalling Trade —
To take the measure of the House —
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 —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,

24 Comments

  1. Judy says:

    I dont think dat the house in the poem symbolizes a coffin

  2. frumpo says:

    What a death in a village is like.

  3. maliya says:

    can anybody tell me…why the windows is opening like a pod???

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