"The House on the Hill" by Edwin Arlington Robinson was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on December 22, 2013, the 144th anniversary of the poet's birth. A link to the poem may be found here:
Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869 - 1935) was a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He worked as a New York City subway inspector until his poetry received praise from President Theodore Roosevelt in a magazine article. He never married and led a solitary lifestyle, spending the summers of the last twenty-five years of his life in a colony of artists and musicians in New Hampshire. Additional biographical information about this poet may be found here:
"The House on the Hill" is a strict villanelle. A description of the villanelle form may be found here:
The poem contains some nice alliteration in addition to the rhyme and refrains of a villanelle. The image created is somber, lonely, and a little nostalgic.
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