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"Abandoned Farmhouse"By: Ted KooserType of Poem: "Abandoned Farmhouse' is a pastoral poem because the farmhouse is located in a rural setting. The poem is a free verse poem as well because it has rhythm butdoes not have a fixed meter or rhyme. Speaker and tone: The speaker of the poem is unknown but it could possible be a man or woman who is walking and comes across an abandoned farmhouse. They walk around the yard and parts of the house and try and figure out characteristics of the family from what they see. The tone of the poem is thought provoking, lonely and sad. It is thought provoking because the speaker does not know what happened to the family or the house. The line "It was lonely here, says the narrow country road," demonstrates a lonely tone and the entire poem is sad because children had to leave behind toys and the family just left behind their entire life but it is unknown what the reason for doing so was.