In "The Listeners" Mare had said after he'd published the poem that the "Traveller" is the ghost, could you please add this in?.
It would add a completely different perspective into the poem, so would be useful for students like myself to read and be able to add more to our analysis'. Thankyou much
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Indeed, I could see that the traveller is the ghost. I could also see it as the speaker being someone who is enduring a complex set of emotions. For example, perhaps the speaker is someone who is attempting to resurrect emotional connections that were severed for a great deal of time. The fact that the speaker feels a bit uncomfortable being there and the declaration at the end of "Tell them I came" and "I kept my word" could help to lend credence to this. At the same time, it seems as if the speaker is knocking on a door that is locked in both literal and figurative terms. I think that an interesting case could be made to describing someone who used to live there, but someone who left and, after a long time, is attempting to reestablish connection. It might also be an individual who is being forced to face a part of life that had been silenced for a while.
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