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The Listeners

Summary: A lone traveler has been summoned to an isolated house in the middle of a forest. He knocks on the door but remains outside, his knocks unanswered. He knocks again, calling out once more...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021, 1:45 am (UTC)

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Walter de la Mare uses numerous sound devices and literary devices in this intriguing poem. He uses a consistent rhyme scheme in which every other line rhymes. However, while he uses strong rhymes...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019, 10:16 pm (UTC)

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Generally speaking, when looking at a poem for figures of speech, I usually steer students toward finding metaphors and similes. That's a bit tougher to do with "The Listeners" because the poem...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2016, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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The atmosphere in Walter de la Mare's poem "The Listeners" is mysterious and unsettling. The moon shines that night as the Traveller approaches the "lone house" in the forest. All is quiet except...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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There is a great deal of ambiguity in Walter de la Mare's poem, "The Listeners." However, a close reading of the poem, and the ending in particular, can provide some insight into the messages that...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018, 7:16 pm (UTC)

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The poem "The Listeners" by Walter De la Mare tells a ghost story. A lone rider comes to a house and knocks on the door. No one answers, although he is heard by silent, unseen listeners. Eventually...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2021, 6:05 pm (UTC)

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Mood is a really cool thing to talk about concerning this particular poem. Mood is different than tone. Tone is the writer's attitude about something, and mood is the feeling a piece of literature...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2018, 3:50 am (UTC)

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First of all, it is at night; the traveller pounds on "a moonlit door". He is alone, it is quiet, and the poet emphasizes this by describing how you can hear how his "horse in the silence champed...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2009, 12:21 am (UTC)

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The voice in "that voice from the world of men" refers to the voice of the traveler who is seeking admittance to the house (" 'Is there anybody there?' he said"), and it is from "the world of men"...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019, 10:55 am (UTC)

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The traveler feels very frustrated, as we can well imagine. He knocks at the door twice, yet still no one answers. All he can do is stand there outside the house "perplexed and still" as he waits...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018, 11:44 am (UTC)

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De La Mare's "The Listeners" is interesting because, while the Traveler himself is the first person described in the poem, the point of view is ultimately that of the titular Listeners inside the...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2018, 10:11 am (UTC)

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That line is probably both my favorite and least favorite line from this poem I love the line because it provides readers with so many possibilities of what exactly it means. I don't like the line...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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The closing words of the traveller become the central point of the poem. De La Mare seeks to build a sense of "wonderment" in the reader. This means that the reader is so much a part of what is...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011, 4:16 pm (UTC)

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That particular line of poetry is best understood when it is read with the following three lines and without pausing at the end of any of the lines. But only a host of phantom listeners That dwelt...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2018, 12:41 am (UTC)

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"The Listeners" tells the story of a traveller who arrives, late at night, at an isolated house. The traveller knocks repeatedly at the door, but nobody answers. The fact that nobody answers is...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020, 9:48 am (UTC)

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This sounds like a really fun writing prompt. There is a lot of freedom for you to write about various things. The poem itself reads a bit creepy. A lone traveler arrives at a house at night. He...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016, 6:05 pm (UTC)

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From the information that the poem gives us, we can establish that the setting of this poem occurs in a house in the middle of a forest that is very isolated. The traveller who arrives at this...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2012, 2:10 pm (UTC)

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This question is asking you about mood—that is, the atmosphere a writer has created in a piece of writing. How does this poem make you feel? "The Listeners" is one of my favorite poems because of...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019, 7:49 am (UTC)

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"For he suddenly smote on the door, even Louder, and lifted his head:— ‘Tell them I came, and no one answered, That I kept my word,’ he said. Never the least stir made the listeners, Though...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2009, 9:54 pm (UTC)

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This poem contains the supernatural in the form of the actual "listeners" that the poem is named after. In the poem, a traveller comes riding up to a cottage in a forest, "knocks on the moonlit...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2009, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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Walter De la Mare's "The Listeners" uses the metaphor as its central conceit, as indicated in the title, though the poem does not present many discrete examples of metaphor or simile. The most...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2015, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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I believe the bird is significant because it represents a part of nature which is disturbed when the traveler shatters the silence by knocking loudly at the door. In keeping with the theme of the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2009, 2:12 am (UTC)

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Without the “host of phantom listeners” in the poem, there would be nothing exceptional about the narrative that it relates. Most of the mystery and most of the dramatic interest in the poem...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019, 7:50 am (UTC)

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I assume that the surface question being asked here is one to do with spelling. You have spelled the word as "gray," which is the standard American spelling. Walter de la Mare uses the British...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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I'd like to start by saying that readers can't know that the house is old and/or deserted. There are lines that suggest that the house is old and empty, but those lines don't guarantee that fact....

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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First, there is human speech, as the traveler stops at a door to ask if anyone is home. He also knocks on the door, another sound. The speaker of the poem refers to the "silence" that pervades the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 12:12 am (UTC)

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In this poem, Walter de la Mare gives life to emptiness. We have a lonely traveler, having ridden into a lush and overgrown forest on a horse, knocking at an abandoned home. It is nighttime, and...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016, 4:07 pm (UTC)

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This poem is about an unnamed Traveler who, with his horse, arrives at a seemingly deserted house in the middle of a forest. We know that it is night time ("moonlit") when the Traveler knocks on...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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"The Listeners" can be interpreted a number of ways, since Walter de la Mare provides the reader with no "back story" to this brief vignette in the moonlight. And what the poem teaches us is...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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Color always plays a very important part in most poetry. Many poets rely on the hope that a reader knows about the implications made regarding color and why color is used in the way it is in the...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011, 7:52 am (UTC)

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Walter de la Mare’s poem “The Listeners” vividly depicts a traveler who, upon arriving at his destination, knocks repeatedly on a door. After multiple attempts fail to bring about a response, the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2017, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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Not much of the actual house is described, but it seems creepy. The mood and tone of the entire poem lends itself to making the reader think the house is unnerving. The poem's speaker gives the...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2016, 12:03 pm (UTC)

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The word "silence" is used to bookend the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de La Mare. The poem tells the story of a traveler who rides his horse to a house and knocks upon the door. No one answers,...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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In the mysterious and enigmatic poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare, a traveler arrives at a house in the midst of a forest and knocks on the door multiple times. He receives no answer, but...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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I agree with the previous educator's answer. I do not think that the poet has an intentional message or moral to this particular poem. Walter de la Mare's eNotes biography page states that he was...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2017, 11:11 am (UTC)

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The poem is implying that the people in the house are dead and thus ghosts or that only ghostly presences remain from prior inhabitants. We have some clues to this in the text of the poem. We are...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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I'll start with the basic situation. A man on a horse has arrived at a lone house because he promised that he would. Readers don't know why he promised anything. It is night when he arrives at the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2016, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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The setting of "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare is within a forest. We know that the horse grazed on grasses growing on "the forest's ferny floor" and that a bird flew out of a turret. The sill...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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The difficult thing about this poem is that it does not provide a lot of clear information, instead leaving most of it up to the reader to guess at what might have been going on. While this...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010, 6:06 am (UTC)

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It is not quite so clear who the listeners are in this mysterious and nostalgic-feeling poem. The listeners could be ghosts of the people who once lived in the empty home. They could be the...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019, 2:43 am (UTC)

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From the poem, we know that the traveler returns to the house to keep a promise to meet. For he suddenly smote on the door, even/ Louder, and lifted his head:—/‘Tell them I came, and no one...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2015, 1:46 pm (UTC)

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The horse's reactions add to the overall mood of De La Mare's poem "The Listeners." In the exposition of the poem, the horse does not merely step on the ground, but rather "champed the grass of...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2009, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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"The Listeners" by Walter De la Mare is a poem that gains its effects from its mysterious quality; it is a poem that creates an atmosphere of slightly ominous and melancholic mystery rather than...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015, 6:33 pm (UTC)

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Using word choices, setting, ghosts and a mysterious errand, the author makes this poem very uncanny. He describes how there is a "moonlit door," so, it is at night, and it is so quiet that you...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2009, 3:41 am (UTC)

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Walter De La Mare's poem "The Listeners" deals with a lone stranger who is searching for a clue as to where everyone has gone. The wave image at the end of the poem refers to the fact that everyone...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011, 1:30 am (UTC)

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Walter De la Mare's poem "The Listeners" is set in a forest at nighttime. We know this because of lines like the one about the "starred and leafy sky" and "the ferny forest floor." These...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2021, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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The Listeners The title of this poem introduces some of the more mysterious characters described over the course of Walter de la Mare's narration: the Listeners. In keeping with the atmosphere of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019, 11:10 am (UTC)

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The phantoms are indifferent and completely unresponsive to the Traveller that is knocking at their door - "Never the least stir made the listeners, though every word he spake fell echoing...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2008, 2:51 am (UTC)

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“The Listeners” is a 1912 narrative poem written by Walter de la Mere, published as a part of his collection of verses titled The Listeners and Other Poems. It tells the story of a lone Traveler’s...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2019, 8:52 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020, 11:24 am (UTC)

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