“There’s been a death in the opposite house”, by Emily Dickinson. On the mechanical side, it is of iambic triameter to pentameter, including feminines. There is no significant assonance, consonance, or alliteration.
The setting is in a small town, and the speaker is a neighbor watching this spectacle, who is making conclusions about what is happening. The speaker seems to be terrified of death, because he/she is very afraid of even talking about
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These people are terrified of death and view it as a process that just follows the same icy steps - the doctor, the minister, the undertaker, the mourners, the grave digger, and then poof! The recently alive are now totally forgotten from this world. That view on death may not be a very healthy one, so perhaps Dickinson wrote this poem as to be a mirror, so that the reader might see this and change.