Walter de la Mare

(1873 - 1958 / Kent / England)

The Listeners - Poem by Walter de la Mare

"Is there anybody there?" said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grass
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Comments about The Listeners by Walter de la Mare

  • Rookie John Motherway (3/1/2006 8:24:00 AM)

    I asked my children to draw a picture of the poem once I had read it to them.The different images drawn by the kids just amazed me and illustrated to me the wonderful diverse interpretations that can come from this brilliant story.However
    I read it myself in school in the eary seventys and nothing has changed in the imagery my kids see and that which I still vividly remember every time I read this poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Alan Robinson (2/28/2006 1:55:00 PM)

    I first heard this poem read to the class by my primary school headmaster.
    It remains to me the most wonderful and mysterious poem I have ever encountered. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie John McPartlan (6/10/2004 1:33:00 PM)

    Mr. de la Mare's poem transports me to a world that can no longer be reached, even in this somewhat rural country. The mechanisation and computerisation (!) of our world mentally and physically distances us from the pure imagery created by de la Mare. As his horse moves, do we not inwardly remember and ache for how it must have been for human, animal and forest to blend together into a natural harmony? The lonely Traveller of the poem has kept his word, some solemn promise we can only speculate on. The values of a distant and rapidly forgotten world melt into the forest as the silence surges softly backwards over the forest- house of the reticent listeners. Mr. de la Mare smotes upon our primal roots in the gentlest of fashions. (Report) Reply










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