Comparison Of The Busle In A House And The Bustle In A House
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“The Bustle in a House” by Emily Dickinson (653) is a poem that uses the death of a loved one and turns it into how the domestic duties must go on and utilizes that as a source to cope with the grief caused by the depressing situation. Similarly, “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden (762-763) is also a poem about death in which is told in a man’s perspective who is mourning the loss of a lover who has died. Although “The Bustle in a House” and “Funeral Blues” share death as the comparable theme, both poets go about it in separate ways. Both poems utilize the same sound devices to create imagery, however “Funeral Blues” usage of structure, syntax, and symbolism is demonstrated more effectively in order to convey the way the speaker processes death.
The structure in “The Bustle in a House” is a short poem that consists of only two stanzas and consists on no rhyming scheme. Both stanzas are made up of a single sentence with the exception of a dash at the end of the first stanza and does not contain any punctuations. All of these factors add up to the pace in which the poem should be read by creating a piece of work that should be read in a very brisk motion with only a single pause for air. Dickinson does this to give the readers a sense that just like the poem, death as inevitable as it may be, should be dealt with quickly and people must live their lives as usual.
Syntax plays a key role throughout the poem of “The Bustle in a House”. Dickinson’s use of capital letters ensures that the reader will put emphasis on key words to reveal the overall meaning. In the first line she capitalizes the word “Bustle”. Normally the morning time, especially after someone has died, is the quietest time of the day but according to the OED the word “bustle” is a word to describe a noisy and busy commotion. Dickinson capitalizes this word to show the restless energy shared by the people who has lost a loved one. In the second line, the word “Morning” is also capitalized followed by the word “Death”. The word morning has a second meaning in this poem, which sounds a lot like “mourning”. Dickinson does this to incorporate hidden symbolism to create the image of the short amount of time that consisted of distress. Dickinson also uses the