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

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Comment 28 of 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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
Comment 21 of 98, added on July 12th, 2008 at 4:21 PM.

I had to learn this poem, too, in sixth grade at Parker School in
Lexington, MA, 1939. Miss Margaret Keefe was my teacher and the whole
class had the assignment of memorizing this poem. I really enjoyed
reciting it in front of my class. I still tear up when I read it. During
my youth I thought of this poem every time I saw an old farmhouse,
especially in New Hampshire. I have passed this poem on to my own
children.

Elaine Ramsdell Seba from United States
Comment 20 of 98, added on April 25th, 2007 at 9:49 AM.

MY MOM(NELLIE RAY)RECITED THIS POEM AS A YOUNG GIRL IN
SCHOOL IN NEEDVILLE,TX. SHE WON THE CONTEST. I HEARD HER RECITE THIS POEM
IN HER LATE 70'S AND SHE REMEMBERED IT ALL. SHE PASSED AWAY IN MAY"05, AND
THE HOME SHE LIVED IN, NOW HAS NOBODY IN IT. I WISH I HAD RECITED THIS POEM
AT HER FUNERAL BECAUSE SHE LOVED IT!!!!

CATHERINE DAVIS from United States
Comment 19 of 98, added on January 5th, 2007 at 7:37 PM.

I used to recite in plays and contests in school and this is one of my
prize poems. I've always loved it and include this in poems I give as
gifts. It's so sad to think of this house that did it's job and now is
alone and so true to life, Isn't it?

alice dailey 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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