"The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare is about a lone traveler's encounter with an empty house. The poem indicates that the house is out away from a city or town. It does this by focusing on the nature that surrounds the house. There is a forest and grass instead of buildings and streets. The traveler knocks on the door several times, but he is not greeted by anybody. Perhaps the home is empty. The poem seems to indicate that the home is occupied by the ghosts of the previous owners.
"But only a host of phantom listenersThat dwelt in the lone house thenStood listening in the quiet of the moonlightTo that voice from the world of men:"