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...

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

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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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