How does the phrase “iron on stone” in line 34 affect the meaning of the poem?

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The reference to "iron on stone" concerns the sound that the horse's hooves make as the traveler turns from the mysterious cottage and heads back out onto the road. There is something concrete about this particular sound, which highlights the difference between the traveler and his horse and the silent, ghostly apparitions lurking behind the cottage door.

It's clear from this that the traveler lives in a different...

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