The House on the Hill


The House of Livia, Palatine Hill, Rome
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The House on the Hill
BY EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15 thoughts on “The House on the Hill

  1. Great photo to go with Robinson’s poem. I think the darkness of the photo really adds to the words of the poem. I’ve read this poem many times over the years (it pops up in many anthologies), and it’s so sad and haunting. I thank you for giving me a picture to keep in my head for all the future readings of this poem.

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