In "The House With Nobody In It" the author talks about a sad broken down old house that no one loves, lives in, or takes care of. The two main literary devices are imagery and personification. The speaker talks about walking to Suffern along the Erie track and how every time they walk they pass by the old house. He makes us think that he feels sorry for it and every time he passes he stops to look at it. .
He says "I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things; .
That they hold the talk of spirits, their mirth and sorrowings", to set a sort of scary, dark, tragic tone. Then they go on to tell us that it is not haunted by saying, "I know this house isn't haunted, and I wish it were, I do; For it wouldn't be so lonely if it had a ghost or two", this sets the tone back to lonely and sad. "If I had a lot of money and all my debts were paid I'd put a gang of men to work with brush and saw and spade. I'd buy that place and fix it up the way it used to be And I'd find some people who wanted a home and give it to them free", this sets the tone towards sad and the author tells us that he really feels sorry for the poor house and if he could he would help it come back to the way it used to be. In the line "Yet it hurts me to look at the crumbling roof and the shutters fallen apart, For I can't help thinking the poor old house is a house with a broken heart", he personifies the house with having a broken heart because it looks sad and old. "That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife, A house that has echoed a baby's laugh and held up his stumbling feet" is a line that tells us at one time people used to live in this house, that the house wasn't always sad and alone. The overall tone of this poem was sad and depressing. .