The Deserted House Poem by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

The Deserted House

Rating: 3.4

There's no smoke in the chimney,
And the rain beats on the floor;
There's no glass in the window,
There's no wood in the door;
The heather grows behind the house,
And the sand lies before.

No hand hath trained the ivy,
The walls are grey and bare;
The boats upon the sea sail by,
Nor ever tarry there.
No beast of the field comes nigh,
Nor any bird of the air


To read and enjoy the lines is a good experience but unfortunately the words cannot be taken in its word form only and meanings that made the creativity may be something else beyond an ordinary house, it may be the world or surrounding itself or the miraculous universe itself including its vast oceans, air space, including all its perfect beauty.

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Ray Subrata Ray 29 March 2012

Mary's prolific pen paints the boarder -line of supernatural psychic in a manner of something said and something unsaid. Her poetic personage deserves true worth.

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Kim Barney 24 July 2015

Only one thing about this poem does not ring true: the last two lines. It has been my experience that abandoned houses attract many 'beasts of the field', especially small ones like mice, squirrels, etc. Many birds would also make their nests in an abandoned house with no glass in the windows.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 March 2023

Here that was not truly meant, the poem is abouth death and the poetess. A brilliant poem to be pondered upon.

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Ramesh T A 24 July 2015

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge has nicely depicted the picture of deserted house in this simple poem!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 March 2023

This beautiful poem goes to My Favourites.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 March 2023

Not a real abandoned house, it is meant figuratively a poem full of brilliance to contemplate. How masterfully created was this poem. Thought-provoking!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 March 2023

CONTINUED: So that the author felt that there was vanished thing of her life. The author felt that the death of her beloved people means shehad no friends anymore. In that way, the author turned to be introvert person. She chose to be alone

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 March 2023

It explains the condition of the author in that time. After the author suffer of lost, because people around her passed away.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 March 2023

a very good poem gloomy and sad poem what's the message here? good to think about it. Top Marks for this brilliant poem. TFS

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