Poet has created an eerie setting to poem "The Listener". Suggest details that suggest the traveller had reached a lonely spot.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is much to indicate that the traveller as reached a lonely spot in this poem.  The most evident example of this is the opening where, "the Traveller" calls out if anybody is there.  There is no answer.  As he examines the setting, all signs point to the fact that this setting is a lonely one and uninhabited:  There is a "silence" present as the horse moves closer to the home, the forest's "ferny floor" indicates that it has grown without bother and the bird flying out of the turret also gives us an indication that the home is not being taken care of by humans.  The traveller calls out again, as he looks at the "leaf fringed sill," almost telling us that few humans take care of the home.  The traveller listens silently to "a host of phantom listeners/ that dwelt in the lone house."  This tells us that he has reached a lonely spot.  The notion of desolation reaches a higher pitch when the poet begins to describe the traveller as "lonely", indicating that the loneliness of the spot applies to him, just for being there.  There is a certain "stillness" in the air, indicating emptiness beneath the "starr'd" and "leafy sky."  Finally, as the traveller is about to go, he calls out, as if to everyone and no one simultaneously, "I came and kept my word."  This is a statement to the world and to no one in it as the home doesn't respond as "every work he spake/ fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house."  The traveller's departure is done so in silence with a horse moving "softly backward," indicating that there is no one, yet something in this home.  Regardless, we, like the traveller, know that he has reached a lonely spot.