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

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Comment 9 of 99, added on May 16th, 2005 at 1:01 AM.

I remember this poem in a red book when I was a child. I just loved it and
made my sister read it to me over and over again. I memorized the first
stanza and by the time I could read it myself the book was no where to be
found.... I finally have the entire poem ... it has stuck with me all these
years. I plan to read it to all of my grandchildren.

Patti Engle from United States
Comment 8 of 99, added on May 14th, 2005 at 5:05 PM.

I think this poem is very nice. It taught me that we need to show
solidarity to to other people that don`t have. I am going to say this poem
to my class in english class on monday. I hope my class enjoys it! I really
enjoyed this poem.


Jessica from Colombia
Comment 7 of 99, added on May 10th, 2005 at 9:42 PM.

My older brother, above all else, was a career soldier in the U.S. Army.
He gave this poem to me one evening after we had not seen each other for a
number of years, and as we shared a drink as an older and a younger adult,
trying to get to know each other again. As I read it for the first time,
my eyes welled up with emotion, and he said, "I just wanted to see what
kind of man you have become. I see everything I need to know." I have
been looking for this poem for over 20 years. Thank you.

Winn Horn from United States
Comment 6 of 99, added on April 19th, 2005 at 3:50 PM.

I was a 14 year old boy when I memorized this poem in the eighth grade for
English Literature class. I remember practicing reciting it at home, before
presenting it to the class. I loved it the first time I read it and have
never forgotten it. I am now 57 years old.

Nicholas Kossoudji from United States
Comment 5 of 99, added on April 7th, 2005 at 3:27 PM.

How sad that our lives should become as old houses ~ but there is hope yet!
Too often we leave things behind without the realization of their
importance in our lives ~ "to look at the house, the tragic house, the
house with nobody in it" ~

tanya from United States
Comment 4 of 99, added on January 29th, 2005 at 4:11 PM.

I learned this poem in grammar school many years ago and recently
interpreted it for my college Oral Interpretation class. Analyzing it, I
realized that Kilmer was telling us all to look back at those who are
abandoned and who have broken hearts and fix them up. At least, that's
what it says to me. He was a remarkable man and he died with so many poems
unwritten. Our loss!

Elizaabeth Garris from United States
Comment 3 of 99, added on December 17th, 2004 at 1:40 AM.

My thanks to you. My sister and I also learned this poem in elemetary
school. Unfortunately, time erased a couple of the verses and it has been
driving us mad. We were both touched by Joyce Kilmer's words and the
picture they imprinted in our minds. We wanted to share it with our next
generation. I am elated to find it printed in full - it is going to make
an excellent Christmas gift. Thank you again!

Bertie Whiskin from Canada
Comment 2 of 99, added on November 25th, 2004 at 2:14 AM.

Stirs deep emotions not only for the deserted, rundown house, but for the
person who memorized this when he was 14 and won State recognition during
state competition - he died of cancer before he graduated from H.S., his
mother's only son whom she adored. So sad for mom and the old house.

M.J. COOKSEY from United States
Comment 1 of 99, added on November 20th, 2004 at 8:49 PM.

I learned this poem in the sixth grade, and since that date, I have never
passed a similar site without feeling saddness at the plight of a house
with nobody in it. I wish students today, instead of the endless
preparation for testing, would be exposed to the beauty and depth of our
nation's poetry.

Barbara Thomas 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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