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Friday, January 3, 2003

The Listeners

Rating: 3.7
"Is there anybody there?" said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grass
Of the forest's ferny floor;
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the Traveller's head:
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
"Is there anybody there?" he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners
That dwelt in the lone house then
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
That goes down to the empty hall,
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
By the lonely Traveller's call.
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
'Neath the starred and leafy sky;
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 every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
From the one man left awake:
Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
And the sound of iron on stone,
And how the silence surged softly backward,
When the plunging hoofs were gone.
Walter de la Mare
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COMMENTS
clara 25 November 2020
Mention the literary device used by the poet in the line: ‘Neath the starred and leafy sky;
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Perkin.Estelle 13 February 2020
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Yodelee 08 February 2020
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Spock The Vegan 31 July 2019
It leaves you wondering. That has appeal.
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Mollie 28 July 2019
I like this poem because I learned about it when I was in year 5 but now I'm going up a stage to year 6 so hopefully I learn more about it i really like the suspense it builds up in the poem and I want to hear a person reading it and not a robot reading it
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Yogesh 10 July 2019
It was very nice
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Talia 10 June 2019
Thanks This was very helpful
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Brent 25 May 2019
This was my favorite poem as a kid in elementary school. It spoke to me about character and personal integrity.
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Hayley 01 March 2019
Lovely
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Scarlet 15 February 2019
This has such a deep meaning that you can relate to mysteries of life.Supernatural and mysterious
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