Summary of 'The Listeners'.

Summary of 'The Listeners'

The Moonlit Night
The Moonlit Night
Only a host of Phantom Listeners
Only a host of Phantom Listeners
He knocked and Listened.
He knocked and Listened.
Retreating from the forest
Retreating from the forest

Summary of 'The Listeners'

The poet Walter de la Mare in his poem 'The Listeners' speaks about a traveller on horseback, who had visited an empty house in a forest, on a moonlit night.He knocked on the door hoping against hope to get an expected response.To his utter dismay, the only listeners were a host of ghosts.The message that he attempted to pass over to the person in the house, was only reverberated back.He had kept his promise.The silence that welcomed him was only broken with the plunging hoofs of the traveller's horse as he retreated.

The lonely traveller on his horseback, reaches a lone house in the forest to deliver a message. He was greeted by a bird, which flew out of the turret above his head, when he knocked on the door.There was a tinge of eeriness. The second time he knocked louder, and shouted to find out if there was anybody in.

With no one descending the stairs, nor anyone peering over the window-sill fringed with leaves, he stood baffled and still.The air was stirred by the traveller's call. Whilst waiting for a reply, he had a strange feeling within. It was a starry night, and the thick boughs hung over.He smote on the door and shouted even louder, lifting his head giving the message to tell them that he had come; but no one answered. He shouted once again, that he had kept his word.

Every word he spoke, echoed through the still house: the sound of his foot upon the stirrup and the clank of the horses' hoofs on the stone with the retreating hoofs, leaving behind the listeners.

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AppleJacks 5 years ago

interesting and attention grabbing

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olgakhumlo 5 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

Thank you AppleJack ,I appreciate your comment.

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Alhamora 5 years ago from North

I haven't read the poem, but the summery is very much interesting. I should check a few poems of this poet. Thanks, nice hub.

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olgakhumlo 5 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

Thanks Alhamora , I appreciate your comment.God bless you.

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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Wow! That's some kind of spooky. I enjoyed your summary of this great poem. Nice work!

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olgakhumlo 5 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

Thank you very much for the comment James,God bless you and your family.

Juliet 5 years ago

Hub pages has so many lovely writers

I should say Mam your very good, Thumbs up .

chocolatelover 4 years ago

very well explained:)

u made my work easier:D


sania 4 years ago

i really like the way you explained this poem.could u please do it for the poem snake?

riyana 4 years ago

your summary helped me a lot for my finals. your work helped me fetch some moarks

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olgakhumlo 4 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

Dear Sania, the poem on 'Snake' is posted on my site. I'm glad this poem has been an aid to you riyana, chocolate, and Juliet.I'm looking forward to assist you all in other literature work too. God bless you all children.

Naw 4 years ago

This poems really interesting I like the summary and will do write it in exams really :D

suheel parray 4 years ago

Very helpful thanks a lot

Aasha 4 years ago

Superb...... Thanks...

namrata das 4 years ago

This summary is grt....nd has a interestng lines contains it.....thnx give us such a lovely summary...

rutvi 4 years ago

ya it is, my sir has copied this summary

darchana baroowa..nice 4 years ago


Sharmila 4 years ago

Thanx for d is really helpful

hafsa 4 years ago

Xtremely perfert!!! Really helpful...:-)

busun 4 years ago

Thank you for making this poem, Waiter De La Mare

boo 4 years ago

really very good thanks u made my work simple

shadee salih 3 years ago

Thank u for a useful summary, really i interested it.

Aravin 3 years ago

Useful and simple to understand . Good for studying exams.

YJ 3 years ago

Thank you for helping actually my teacher explained me the poem and even it's summary but I could understand therefore when read the above given summary I could understand easily ..................

Thanking you once again I wanna that I am proud of my Country.........

But some cheat us.................................

Am I am correct????????????????...........................

SSS 3 years ago

Totally awesome. Best website in the universe. Nice poems

maryam 3 years ago

I read through these comments,maybe I need your help in the future

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olgakhumlo 3 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

Thank you children, I appreciate your gratitude. I'm glad I could be a source of assistance to you, may God bless you all.

priyanshu shukla 3 years ago

what was the word he kept.....?

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olgakhumlo 3 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

His promise to pass on a message.

sweatheart 3 years ago

yes i liked it. it was really helpful for my studies

Ronsgame 3 years ago

I had two favourite poems when at school. One was Meg Merrilees and the other, The Traveller. They still are. I enjoyed your summation.i

hola 3 years ago

why does the traveller feel this strangeness?

Olga Khumlo 2 years ago

The traveller did not expect the silence, and the odd welcome.Hence the strange feeling within.

Devika 2 years ago

Very nice summary I scored full because of this great work buddy

OlgaKhumlo 2 years ago

Great!Keep it up Devika.

neel 2 years ago

it's nice to read

rohan das 2 years ago

It was totally a good explanation of the poem

Abrar 2 years ago

It helped me a lot . Thanks

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olgakhumlo 2 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

Hi laiba, neet,rohandas,and Abrar.

God bless you children. and may you score high always.

Bikash 2 years ago

Thnx nice one......

rima 2 years ago

Plz explain the lines stood thronging.........traveller's call

Pulkit 24 months ago

Thanks a lot for posting this summary , it helped me in my exam

Hats off to your efforts

olga khumlo 23 months ago

'stood thronging...

The traveller's call was hearkened only by a host of listeners who were merely ghosts. Walter de la Mare describes the dark stairs of the lone house was lit by the faint moonbeams. There stood the phantoms thronged on the stair, listening to the traveller's call.

Thank you very much dear children for your appreciation.

God bless you all in your exams and my prayers for all the kids all over the world to excel in all your exams.

adi 23 months ago

just wanna comment seeing your kind response

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olgakhumlo 23 months ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

Thank you children God loves you all and I shall always be praying for each one of you until we meet in God's kingdom.

sneha 17 months ago

Can you pls explain the line hearkening in air stirred and shaken

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olgakhumlo 17 months ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

Hearkening in an air stirr'd and shaken...

This line refers to the host of phantoms listening to the lonely traveller's call. The air was stirred by the traveller's voice who called out to the one whom he was supposed to meet. He smote on the door louder, calling out to the person to convey the message to the others, that he had kept his promise and that he had come.

Pratisha Lenka 13 months ago

thanking for the explanation but xan't understand "stood thtowing............."

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olgakhumlo 13 months ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

'Stood thronging' refers to the host of ghosts who stood in silence listening to the traveller's call and to his message.

Awesome 9 months ago

Thank u

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olgakhumlo 9 months ago from Mira Road Mumbai India Author

So sweet God bless you in all your endeavours to glorify him and in your to excel studies.

Angel 6 months ago

Very helpful & Thank you!!!

Olga Khumlo 6 months ago

Add Your Comment.Thank you so much ..Angel, Awesome Pratisha, Sneha, Adi. God bless you all dear.

Peehu 3 months ago

Quite helpful for me. Thank u Sir

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