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What is the summary and theme of the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare? traveler

"The Listeners" describes a traveler who has come to knock on a moonlit door in an eerie, unknown place. He has come to keep an unnamed promise, and knocks on the door harder and harder,...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2008 2:22 am UTC

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What are the poetic devices used in the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare?

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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What are some figures of speech in "The Listeners" by Walter de La Mere?

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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How does the poet describe the atmosphere in the poem "The Listeners"?

In this poem, the atmosphere of unearthly stillness is established from the beginning as the speaker describes "the moonlit door" upon which he knocks and "the silence" in which his horse is...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018 8:39 am UTC

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What message did the traveler leave in the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare?

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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Describe the house and its surroundings in the poem "The Listeners."

"The Listeners" gives readers a wonderful glimpse at a house that is likely quite normal; however, the narrator is able to creep readers out by including specific details about the home. One of the...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 2:14 pm UTC

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Why is Walter de La Mare’s poem called “The Listeners” instead of the “The Traveller?”

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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What are the different similes and metaphors used in the poem "The Listeners," by Walter De La Mare?

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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In the poem "The Listeners," what does "iron on stone" mean?

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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What does the phrase "a host of phantom listeners" imply in "The Listeners"?

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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In the poem "The Listeners," how did the traveller feel as he repeatedly knocked on the door?

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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Describe the supernaturalism as depicted im the poem "The Listeners".

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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Attempt a critical appreciation of the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare.

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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In "The Listeners," how does the poet create an eerie atmosphere?

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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What is the significance of the bird in the poem "The Listeners"?

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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What kind of house is described in the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mere?

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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How do we know that the house in "The Listeners" was very old and no one lived there?

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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What is an analysis of the poem, "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare?

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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Critical Takes on the Poem "Listeners" by Walter de la Mare? What is the critical appreciation of the poem...

The poem centers around the atmosphere created by de la Mare. The mood is established early in the poem, and readers immediately feel the loneliness and anxiety of the traveler. This atmosphere is...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2008 10:40 am UTC

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What does the poet refer to as "that voice from the world of men"?

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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In the poem 'The Listeners', explain the line "But only a host of phantom listeners'.

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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What is the theme of the poem "The Listeners"? please assign quotation also  

"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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In The Listeners, why does the traveller say "Tell them I came, and no one answered, that I kept my word"?

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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What is the feeling or mood in "The Listeners" ? How does the poet create the mood ? Just a little confused about...

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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Analyse the setting of "The Listeners."

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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Which words or phrases tells us that the plants are overgrown in "The Listeners"?

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 need summary for the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare.

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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Who are the characters in "The Listeners" by Walter De la Mare? This is a study guide question posted by eNotes...

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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What are some symbols used in Walter De La Mare's "The Listeners."

A symbol is, simplistically, an object or idea that represents something else. Therefore, anything which alludes to "it" existing as something else is considered a symbol. A symbol acts as a...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011 9:47 am UTC

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What sounds are mentioned in the poem "The Listeners"?

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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When and where does the action of the poem take place in "The Listeners"?

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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What is the implication of the phrase "Grey Eyes" in the poem "The Listeners" by Walter De La Mare?

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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What is the significance of the title "The Listeners"?

"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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What kind of feeling does the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de La Mare create?

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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Which word is repeated at the beginning and ending of the poem "The Listeners," and what impact does it have?

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 Listeners" who is the traveller expecting to meet in the house?  

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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Why is the word "Traveller" written with a capital letter in "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare?

This is a really interesting question. Normally, when we capitalize a word in English, we are drawing particular importance to it—or else it is standing in for a proper noun, like a name. Sometimes...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019 8:34 am UTC

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Why are the eyes of the traveller "grey," as described in the phrase "Gray Eyes" by Walter De La Mare in his poem...

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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What message does Walter de la Mare try to convey in "The Listeners"?

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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what does the poem 'The Listeners' teach us?

"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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What is the poem implying about who lives in the house in the poem "The Listeners," by Walter de la Mare?  

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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Why did the traveller return to the house?

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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What information did the poet leave out in "The Listeners" by Walter De la Mare? Why do you think there are so many...

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

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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What is the effect created by the words "the silence surged softly backwards" in "The Listeners"?

This line comes near the end of the poem, when the traveler is unable to get anyone to answer as he knocks on the moonlit door. We know that people are inside, noted by the title of the poem: "The...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 1:12 pm UTC

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Who are the listeners? Why are they called the listeners?

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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What does the poet mean by the "world of men"? Give reasons to support your answer.

"The world of men" simply refers to the world in which we all live, a world of living, breathing human beings. It is the world inhabited by the lone traveler who, in the dead of night, knocks at...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 6:52 am UTC

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How would one describe the house in "The Listeners" and the situation around it?

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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What is a summary of the poem "The Listeners"?

"The Listeners" (De la Mare) is a poem in which there is not a great deal of tangible action, but there is a great deal of mysterious atmosphere that allows us to speculate and imagine a story...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2016 5:20 pm UTC

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Which word is repeated at the begging and ending of the poem "The Listeners"? What is its impact?

At the beginning of the poem, the Traveller waits to be admitted to the strange house. He knocks repeatedly but is met only with "silence." He then, in the middle of the poem, "smote[s] on the...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 9:03 am UTC

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