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The poet has created an eerie setting in the poem "The listener". Explain details that...

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rachnagoyal | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted July 8, 2009 at 6:16 PM via web

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The poet has created an eerie setting in the poem "The listener". Explain details that suggest that the house was hidden by plants and grass.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 8, 2009 at 10:15 PM (Answer #1)

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The setting and mood of this poem can be exemplified with the language used to describe the almost subterranean feel of the house.  In the opening lines, the house is situated amongst a high level of "grasses" and a "ferny floor."  The turrets at the top of the house add almost an abandoned feel as a Bird flies out of it.  The window sill is "leaf- fringed", contributing to a feel of the home being immersed in plants and grass.  The desolate nature of humans in the house is enhanced by the "phantom listeners" and the "moonbeams on the dark stair."  It seems like plants and grass inhabit the home more than humans do.  This is heightened by the "lonely Traveller's call," which goes unanswered.  He waits for a response in the "leafy sky."  As the horse moves along the "dark turf," with the "sound of iron on stone," the author's imagination triggers the mind of the reader to envision a setting where humans are not and grass, plants, and the occasional phantom reign uninterrupted and undisturbed.

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