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Analysis and comments on The House with Nobody in It by Joyce Kilmer

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Comment 31 of 121, added on July 7th, 2011 at 6:18 PM.
A House with Nobody In It

I also had to memorize this people when I was in the 7th grade in Dalhart,
Texas. For some reason I have always remembered the poem, not all of it
but the first paragraph. Decided to see if I could find it and sure enough
here it is. Sad but lovely.

V. Parrott from United States
Comment 30 of 121, added on December 30th, 2010 at 1:38 PM.
Comment on:28,

I have admired this poem every since I read it in a library book. This poem
reminds me of all the empty houses in my neighborhood. Many have been torn
down, but I always think about someone lived in it perhaps years ago. I
live in East St. Louis, Ill This is a poem that tends to search the soul of
man. Joyce may your spirit rest in peace. Your gift came from God.

Dr. Leeanna Hill from United States
Comment 29 of 121, added on May 24th, 2010 at 9:02 PM.
The House with Nobody in It

While rummaging through some papers, I found this poem that was
hand-written to my Mother from her Mother. She went on to tell my Mother
that she could relate to this house when you passed a certain empty house
in their little town. My Grandmother had attached a picture of the empty
house. My Mother had given her the Book "The Best Loved Poems of the
American People" in December 1970.
My Grandmother loved poems and recited them to us all the time. I am so
blessed that I found this poem, written in my Grandmother's handwriting.
Both she and my Mother are deceased. It such a shame that I never learned
much poetry in school and my children and grandchildren haven't a clue. I
will pass this on to them, After I Learn to Recite It!

Thank you so much for such beautiful poetry.

Debby Falterman from United States
Comment 28 of 121, added on December 31st, 2009 at 12:03 PM.
The House with Nobody in it

I have been searching for this poem. I learned a portion of this poem when
I was in elementary school.
I always think of it when travelling on the train.

Gloria H. Bess from United States
Comment 27 of 121, added on December 30th, 2009 at 6:32 PM.
The House with Nobody in It

I was twelve years old. My speech teacher asked me to represent our school
in the county declamation contest. I agreed, and chose this poem. I recited
it and won second place (a blue ribbon, I still have.) I like poetry, and
this poem has stuck in my memory all these years. I am eighty three years
old.

Leon Butler from United States
Comment 26 of 121, added on December 19th, 2009 at 5:00 PM.
The House with Nobody in It

My brother and I take mom riding a lot through the country. She always
comments on how sad the abandoned houses are and what memories they must
hold. I stumbled across this poem by accident and vowed to learn it so I
could recite it the next time we came upon an abandoned house. It has
become my favorite poem.

Debi from United States
Comment 25 of 121, added on November 3rd, 2009 at 11:37 PM.

Driving on some main road on the west side of the Hudson River, near the
town of Suffern, N.Y., I was driving over a railroad tressle when I looked
to the right and saw an abandoned house that must have been the one that
inspired Joyce Kilmer to write this poem. What the poem says is so true.
It leaves me sad. But I am happy that I have actually seen the house with
nobody in it, in the town of Suffern, and along the Erie track. Wow! I hope
it hasn't been demolished. I hope it's been fixed up and a family with
children lives there now.

Judith Hickman from United States
Comment 24 of 121, added on September 28th, 2009 at 7:42 PM.

I was first introduce to Joyce Kilmer's "House" in 1938 at District 33
while in the 6th grade at Osseo, Minnesota. It has inspired my love of
abandoned houses of which I have written extensively. I end one such story
(in traditional verse) with: "We rear down beautiful buildings, to build a
huge shopping mall. We apparently have a love affair, with the sight of the
wrecking ball. There are buildings that will last forever. There are some
that were lost from the start. But the structures that get my attention,
have been left with a sad BROKEN HEART." My thanks to Joyce Kilmer for the
many years of helping me appreciate abandoned houses. Virgil in
Minneapolis,Mn.

Virgil Dahlstrom from United States
Comment 23 of 121, added on May 11th, 2009 at 1:19 PM.

I was in the second grade in 1938 in Carlisle County, Ky., and our teacher,
Miss Elizabeth Fisher, would read this poem to her class almost every day -
at our demand! It may have inspired me to tackle the several renovation
projects my husband and I undertook in later years. While I may stumble
over a line or two at 78 years of age, I can recite it completely if given
a little time. Emily B. Walker

Emily B. Walker from United States
Comment 22 of 121, added on July 17th, 2008 at 7:21 PM.

I too learned this poem from my mother. As a child we often passed a
broken hearted house on our way into New York City from the Kingston.
Mimicking my mother's recitation of this poem, each and every time we
passed by the house, eventually lead to my memorizing it too. I beliceve it
is an anaolgy of life: how our past is a part of us and influences us. The
house demands notice and is also recognized for its contributions and past.
:)

Gayle Hoy from United States

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Information about The House with Nobody in It

Poet: Joyce Kilmer
Poem: 28. The House with Nobody in It
Volume: Trees and Other Poems
Year: 1914
Added: Aug 7 2004
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