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town. The poet emphasize on the particulars that took place in house. The persona also inserted the reactions of those who are involved. However, the poet did not show any forlorn as he does not know who had died. The persona sees the event from the eye of a little boy. The persona is just merely stating the incidents that took place without giving further explanation Literal Meaning The persona can tell that a death had occurred in the opposite house. This is said because of the gloomy look from the faces of the family members. Not only that, the writes concluded the sad episode from the occurrence and ritual that will usually be performed during the loss of life. Meaning of the Stanza o Line 1-4 (Stanza 1) There’s been a death in the opposite house As lately as today I know it by the numb look Such houses have always Meaning: Line 1- 4 shows the bold statement the persona inspects from the environment that there has been a death in the house across the road. The house lingered with a gloomy and melancholy look where it is contrasted from a house where there is no occurrence of death. o Line 5-8 (Stanza 2) The neighbours rustle in and out The doctor drives away A window opens like a pod Abrupt, mechanically
The dead person is referred to as ‘it’ as he is no longer a person. The action get rids of germs. Looking at the action where the mattress is thrown out. the Minister is an important person.Meaning: Line 5-8 shows how the neighbours are seen as paying their respects and walking in and out of the house like a never ending saga. throwing the mattress out is a custom practised by the community to cleanse the house. the children quickly walk past the house wondering if the deceased died on the flung mattress. The doctor who has confirmed the death leaves the house as his service is no longer needed. He also performs the last ritual for the deceased. When the persona was a young boy. Everyone is following the order of the minister. Then the window is quickly opened. he used to think the same way o Line 13-16 (Stanza 4) The minister goes stiffly in As is the house were his And he owned all the mourners now And little boys besides Meaning: Lines 13-16. A little boy is seen standing by him . The Minister of the Church assures and takes control of the people and situation. o Line 9-12 (Stanza 3) Somebody flings a mattress out The children hurry by They wonder if it died on that I used to when a boy Meaning: In lines 9-12.
Not only that. . the doctors. the milliner and the undertaker which demonstrates how well they carry their duty. o Line 20-24 (Stanza 6) Of tassels and of coaches soon. everyone knows each other and play their role in the community accordingly. Setting The poem is set in a small neighbourhood in a country town where the death has occurred. It’s easy as a sign The intuition of the news In just a country town Meaning: In the last stanza.o Line 17-20 (Stanza 5) And when the milliner and the man Of the appalling trade To take the measure of the house There’ll be that dark parade Meaning: Lines 17-20 explain the job of the hat-maker who is seen. one can sense that death has occurred by looking at the obvious sign that can be found when there is a death. As it is a small town. Then the undertaker arrives to get the measurement to build the coffin. The ritual is continued with the present of everyone who will be in black attire to pays their last respect. the minister. The persona is inspecting the funeral procession from his house which is facing the decease’s house. The news of death spread quickly as they are living in a small town. arrives to take the measurement for the hat the deceased. the persona also recognizes the neighbours.
Death should be dealt in a rational way. Last but not least. However when he grew older with much more matured thinking he has a different perception on death. Example: I know it by the numb look (line 3. expresses the events through his own encounter and inspection. Nothing will last forever. The poem also shows the importance of preserving traditions and custom. When he was young he always wondered if the mattress that was the one that the deceased died on. Nobody will have eternal life. For example. a) In the first person point of view: The persona. The perception that the poet had changed when he was young to his current state. The persona shows how the people in that social setting pays respect to the deceased no matter what your social status is. a. The neighbours and the mourners are there to pay their last respect to the deceased. When we are attending a funeral it is implies as social obligation. Not only that the milliner and the man of appalling trade also carry out their jobs accordingly so that the ritual will take place . Example: Line 9-10 third stanza Somebody flings a mattress out The children hurry by Moral Values The moral values that could be found in this poem are. Death is something that could not be predict or run away from and should be taken as part and parcel in life. b. who is a man as proven in line 12 third stanza. the other moral value that could be seen is importance of cooperation and the feeling of togetherness. c. when the minister and mourners visited the deceased house d. stanza 1) b) In the third person point of view This can be seen when the persona says that the children are a little frightened of death when they hurry past the deceased’s house.Point of view There is two type of point of view that could be detected in the poem.
All the preparation those place from the one paying last respect to the undertaker. Different people have different reactions about death. offer prayers and also comfort the family members of the deceased. Themes There are three types of theme present in this poem. it is believed that paying respect to the deceased family is significantly important despite your social status. but the boys are scared of it because they do not really understand the meaning of death. “Somebody flings a mattress out. Structure and Style a. Customs and tradition The persona emphasizes on the preserving customs and tradition. The words used are simple and direct. The poem is more conversational. it is crucial for the minister to pay a visit. This shows cooperative sense among everyone there signifying the sense of belonging in a community. The children hurry by” b. The realities in life Death is a gloomy and sombre event. This is shown by a phase in the poem “There'll be that dark parade”. Everyone is involved in it c. There is no need of spreading the rumour of the deceased one as everyone is coming in and out of the house.smoothly. The themes are: a. It is also a tradition of the western culture to wear black attire to a funeral. line 7 and 8. Therefore it is ‘free verse poetry’. It describes event as though the persona is reporting the events to someone. The dark parade displays how everyone will be in black attire. Type of Poetry The lines in the poem are mostly unrhymed. . In the poem. It is shown in stanza three. Dealing with death Dealing with death shows the event that sets off a series of activities and preparations after someone dies. The persona has accepted it as part of life. In this small town. It is a reality that everyone should accept in life as it is unavoidable and has become a part in the journey of life.
Simile . There is no significant on assonance. Sound effects. neither name nor gender is provided. The persona articulates the occurrence in the death house. including feminises.Meter It is of iambic trimeter to pentameter. The poem never mentioned that the narrator got to see the deceased. This detachment to the dead drives us back to the main idea that death is a natural occurrence. consonance. Literary Devices A. “mechanically”. The use of the word “it” reflects to the person who died.b. To make it more interesting. For example. the persona uses diction throughout the poem to generate a despairing environment. The present tense is used to convey the idea that death is an everyday occurrence. the kind of stanzas that the persona uses is Quatrain. Example: There’s been a death in the opposite house (5 iambs.Quatrain The poem is written in six stanzas however. or alliteration throughout the poem. 10 syllables) As lately as today I know it by the numb look Such houses have always Tone or mood For the tone used in the poem.“A window opens like a pod” (line 7) the persona cleverly created a grief-stricken . by using words such as “numb”. Kind of stanza. Example: There’s been a death in the opposite house As lately as today I know it by the numb look Such houses have always c. It gives no hints on the deceased. and “stiffly” and describing the funeral director as “the Man/Of the Appalling Trade” or the funeral procession as “that Dark Parade” atmosphere indirectly. the poet emphasis on depersonalization that occurs after a death.
The line shows the relation between the word "opens" and "a pod". The poet means that a window opens quickly by someone. This house also has a door where people will come and go. we can imagine a house in the poem although we don't know how the real house looks like. because you are so shocked or frightened. ii. "such houses have always" means like "such houses as always”. B. Visual Imagery (something seen) “There's been a death in the opposite house” (line 1) When the word house is mentioned. Personification “Such houses have always" (line 4) In this part. - Tactile Imagery (something felt) “I know it by the numb look” (line 3) Numb means not able to feel any emotions or to think clearly. The poet compares "houses" to a human being that shows the gloomy atmosphere when death takes place. “The neighbours rustle in and out” (line 5) We can imagine the busy neighbours paying visit and it is a continuous process. “Somebody flings a mattress out” (line 9) We can imagine the mattress is being thrown out although we may know the actual size of it. . i. The numb looks of the house depicts the sad and static movement of a house which encountered death. iii. Imagery Aural Imagery (something heard) “The neighbours rustle in and out” (line 5) Rustle means noise that is made and could be heard.Pod is a part of a plant. C.
- “And little boys besides” (line 16) We can imagine a petite looking boy standing looking all scared. “milliner”. Flashback : “ I used to when a boy” (stanza 4 line 12) The persona recalls him being similar to the children when he was Younger G. “dark parade”. We imagine a person at a funeral wearing black We can imagine the form of tassel as a group of short ropes held together at one end. “Of tassels and of coaches soon” (line 21) “And he owned all the mourners now” (line 15) We can imagine what mourner looks like. “minister”. He also takes charge of the rituals of the funeral cloth. Metaphor . Euphemism : “There’ll be that dark parade” (stanza 5 line 20) This shows everyone in black attire E. Symbolism Words such as “numb”. refers to a mournful event and also the attire that would be worn . D.“rustle” – the sound of the swishing of skirts H. We can imagine a coach as someone whose job is to teach people everything in the poem. Alliteration – The doctor drives away – consonant d (stanza 2 line 6) F. The word dark. “The minister goes stiffly in” (line 13) We can imagine how the minister or the priest who enters the house as though he was invited and offered prayers to unfortunate family. in the poem. mourners. “tassels” and “coaches” can be related to a function where death had took place.
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