Question Description

The House on the Hill (1894)
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 that 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.

Suggestions for the Poetry Paper

  1. Short Biography of the poet.
  2. Discuss his/her major themes
  3. List and explain 3 of his/her major works
  4. Choose one of his/her poem
  5. Historical context of the poem (experience surrounding the writing of the poem)
  6. Summarize the poem
  7. Your interpretation of the poem; details in the poem that support your interpretation
  8. Discussion on the Elements of Poem
    1. Setting
    2. Voice – Narrator
    3. Theme
    4. Rhyme scheme
    5. Figures of Speech
      1. Metaphors
      2. Similes
      3. Alliteration
      4. Personification
    6. The form of the poem
  9. Remarks made by the poet’s contemporaries
  10. Explain what this poem means to you?