There's been a death in the opposite house

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



There's been a death in the opposite house
   As lately as to-day.
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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 02, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABXX CBXX CXXX XXXX XDAD XXXX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 696
Words 134
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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