Why do you like "The Listeners" poem? Give reasons to support your answer.

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I love the mysterious approach and the way that the poem can be interpreted so many different ways.  Any work of literature that makes you think and rethink based on personal experiences, value systems, and perspective is a great piece of literature. 

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This is really a question that only you can answer.  When trying to decide, ask yourself some questions.  Did you think the poem was interesting?  What was cool about it?  What wasn't cool?  What was confusing or complicated?  Do you like the ending, or do you wish that it had ended differently?   Ask yourself these specific questions in regards to the poem, and based on the answers that you get, you will be able to figure it out.

Personally, I loved this poem.  It was mysterious, intriguing, well-written and opened up a lot of doors of possibility in  regards to what it could be talking about.  I liked the fact that it wasn't overdone either; it is like a little mini-horror story, and these days, horror stories are way overdone; too many gory effects, too many intense endings, too many people dying.  But this story is simple, creepy, but tactful.  The strangers are there, they are listening behind the door, and there are many of them.  But the author doesn't go overboard in describing them, doesn't have them rush to the door to maul the guy or do something really awful to him.  Then, the listener shouts out his mysterious message, "Tell them I came, that no one answered, that I kept my word."  That opens  up a whole door of mystery; the reader can't help wonder what the back-story on that is.  But, he doesn't open the door and confront the spirits, he doesn't make any stupid journey through the haunted house; instead, he leaves.  And throughout it all, there are great descriptions to make it all eerie; the dark forest, the wind rustling in the trees, the strange noises.  All of this sets a great mood of mystery, which adds to the poem.

Please form your own opinions about the poem though;  good luck!

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