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Short poem

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

The House on the Hill

              1They are all gone away,
              2    The House is shut and still,
              3There is nothing more to say.

              4Through broken walls and gray
              5    The winds blow bleak and shrill:
              6They are all gone away.

              7Nor is there one to-day
              8    To speak them good or ill:
              9There is nothing more to say.

            10Why is it then we stray
            11    Around the sunken sill?
            12They are all gone away,

            13And our poor fancy-play
            14    For them is wasted skill:
            15There is nothing more to say.

            16There is ruin and decay
            17    In the House on the Hill:
            18They are all gone away,
            19There is nothing more to say.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Collected Poems, with an introduction by John Drinkwater (London: Cecil Palmer, 1922): 81-82. PS 3535 O25A17 1922 Robarts Library.
First publication date: September 1894
Publication date note: The Globe (Sept. 1894): 828.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Form: villanelle

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