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One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted

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Caroline Szatybelko

on 3 December 2013

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Transcript of One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted

One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted

First Stanza
One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted -
One need not be a House -
The Brain has Corridors - surpassing
Material Place -
Second Stanza
Far safer, of a Midnight Meeting
External Ghost
Than its interior Confronting -
That Cooler Host.
Stanza Three
Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The stones a'chase -
Than Unarmed, one's a'self encounter -
In lonesome Place -
One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted -
One need not be a house -
The Brain has corridors - surpassing
Material Place -

Far safer of a Midnight Meeting
External Ghost
Than its interior Confronting -
That Cooler Host

Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The Stones a'chase -
Than Unarmed, one's a'self encounter -
In lonesome Place -

Ourself behind ourself, concealed -
Should startle most -
Assassin hid in our Apartment
Be horrors least.

The Body - borrows a Revolver -
He bolts the Door -
O'erlooking a superior spectre -
Or More-
Stanza Four
Ourself behind ourself, concealed -
Should startle most -
Assassin hid in our Apartment
Be Horror's least.
Analysis
Rhythm
11
6
9 -
5 - iambic tetrametre
Analysis
External - situated or being outside something
Rhythm
9
4
9
4
Version #2
Far safer of a Midnight Meeting
External Ghost
Than its interior Confronting -
That whiter Host.
Analysis
a'chase - pursue, catch up
Rhythm
9
4
9
4
Version #2
Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The stones a'chase -
Than moonless, one's a'self encounter -
Be horror's least.
Analysis
Concealed - to hide
Rhythm
8
4
9
4
Haunted - inhabited or frequented by ghosts
Surpassing - of a large amount or high degree
a'self - the self
Stanza Five
Analysis
Rythm
Version #2
The brain has corridors
There's a haunting in her head.
Memories from the past.
Just like a house - one should be careful when maneuvering in a place potentially haunted (alert)
One need not be a chamber - to be haunted-
One need not be a house
The Body - borrows a Revolver -
He bolts the door -
O'erlooking a superior spectre -
Or more
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers -
Untouched by Morning -
and untouched by noon -
Emily Dickinson hardly relates the house anything positive
I Years had been from home,
And now, before the door
I dared not open, lest a face
I never saw before
9
4
11
2
The prudent - borrows a Revolver -
He bolts the Door -
O'erlooking a superior spectre -
More near -
O'erlooking - overlooking - fail to see
Spectre - ghost; phantom
He bolts the Door -
Cannot keep the intruder out.
The intruder = self?
Revolver
wise or judicious in practical affairs
'body'
'revolver'
'bolts'
Protecting itself physically
'o'erlooking'
'spectre'
Doesn't notice/understand the closedanger
'Abbey'
The Church, monastery.
Religious refernce.
The church deals with exorcisms. The speaker is 'haunted'
Consistent
Reassured?
Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The stones a'chase -
Better to face something physical than something in the head - the self
In lonesome place
Afraid of being alone?
I fear me this - is Loneliness
The Maker of the soul
Ourself behind ourself, concealed -
Masks
We hide our true 'colours'
Fake
Should startle most -
We should be afraid of ourselves
One single change compared to stanza 3 (9)
'Assassin'

We are the cause of our deaths.

'Our'
Isn't referring to the reader.
To the 'other' in their heads
External Ghost
Better to face something physical then something internal which you cannot escape.
Better to be haunted physically than in your head
One need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted -
One need not be a House -
The Brain has Corridors - surpassing
Material Place -

Far safer, of a Midnight Meeting
External Ghost
Than its interior Confronting -
That whiter Host.

Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The Stones a'chase -
Than moonless, one's a'self encounter -
In lonesome Place -

Ourself behind ourself, concealed -
Should startle most -
Assassin hid in our Apartment
Be Horrors least.

The prudent - borrows a Revolver -
He bolts the Door -
O'erlooking a superiour spectre -
More near -
That Cooler Host.
Speaker is the guest.
Cooler - ghost

'whiter Host'
More connotations of ghost
The loneliness one dare not sound
Safe in their Alabaster Chambers
Alabaster - a finely granular variety of gypsum
I Years had been from home
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