Joyce Kilmer

(1886-1918 / New Jersey)

The House With Nobody In It - Poem by Joyce Kilmer

Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track
I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black.
I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute
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Comments about The House With Nobody In It by Joyce Kilmer

  • (8/5/2016 8:43:00 AM)

    This poem touches my heart in so many ways. One of my very favorites.51218 (Report) Reply

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  • Paul Amrod (7/29/2016 3:36:00 PM)

    This is the first poem I have read mentioning the magical town of Suffern. I went to school there from the sixth to the tenth grade and I visited it recently. The town has hardly changed at all. Right on the Jersey border where I was the paperboy that built a route up for this community and I cherished this town still. About this poem it is highly lyrical and descriptive with a lulling tone and a sweet theme. Tragic that Joyce lived such a short life due to his service in France. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard Snyder (7/29/2016 8:55:00 AM)

    My first time ever reading this poem. What an amazing one. Great rhyme scheme also. (Report) Reply

  • Oluwatobi Moses (7/29/2016 7:19:00 AM)

    Ihad once read, now am rereading. Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Asis Biswas (7/29/2016 6:01:00 AM)

    remembrance of a man in his old days are the deeds are of the men in his young.old house once sheltered a family, now stands empty. pathos is always at the end of life. always say good bye with its crumbling roof, broken windows.good easy writing poem by poet joycee kilmer. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/29/2016 4:21:00 AM)

    Old farmhouse! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (3/8/2016 8:36:00 PM)

    This is, perhaps, the most beautiful poem i have ever read. Every time I read it, it makes me cry. (Report) Reply

  • Oluwatobi Moses (12/12/2014 12:18:00 PM)

    But what it needs the most of all is some people living inside. (Report) Reply

  • (12/12/2014 8:06:00 AM)

    Human sentiment about the home is beautifully created in the poem and great poet he is. Likes with much respect. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Hagwood (12/11/2014 7:00:00 PM)

    When I read the poem, in my mind I saw some old houses my farther had
    photographed in black and white; Thank you, for share the poem
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  • (1/9/2010 7:41:00 PM)

    I actually had to memorize Trees, also by Joyce Kilmer for girl scouts as a kid. I heard this on an old rerun of The Waltons and fell in love with it. It hangs in the living room of my house, which I found on Halloween when all of the other houses on a block where we were trick or treating were well lit and lived in. It stood alone and lonely. (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2009 3:01:00 PM)

    Although the name Joyce may lead some to think that Joyce Kilmer was a woman, he was indeed a man. I recited this poem at my school for a program in the school auditorium at the age of 11 and still remember it word for word now at the age of 59. I find his poems to be truly beautiful and inspiring. (Report) Reply

    Angela Stockton (6/22/2016 3:25:00 PM)

    Years ago, sportscaster Chris Schenkel was covering a golf tournament for CBS-TV. As the camera panned across the course, Schenkel mused, Joyce Kilmer must have had a setting like this in mind when she wrote 'Trees.' Within days he began receiving irate mail addressed to Miss Christine Schenkel.

  • (12/13/2007 9:23:00 PM)

    I first heard this poem when I was in the 4 th grade and am now 59 years old. It is my favorite of all poems written by anyone. I absolutely love it! (Report) Reply

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    Malcolm Dale Malcolm Dale (8/27/2016 2:11:00 PM)

    HE* Joyce Kilmer was man - something like a boy named Sue!

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