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Summary of 'The Listeners'.

Updated on May 5, 2016

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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      olga khumlo 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Carter God bless you all the students, immensely.

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      Carter 

      3 months ago

      Loved this summary. You have made it very easy to understand the poem.

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      10 months ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      Thank you Parky and farahnaaz, God bless you both.

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      Parky das 

      10 months ago

      It was a very helpful explanation and helped me to unerstand the poem well

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      farahnaaz 

      16 months ago from hyderabad

      You write in a simple easy to read and understanding language which is yet so beautiful and lovely.

      I liked the way you described the night and the lonely horse rider it must have required so much of guts for him to travel and visit such haunting place all alone thanks so much for sharing. The reading of your posts does not even take much time and also give information and teaching.

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      17 months ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      Thank you Sunny and Gilbert, God bless you.

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      sunny leone 

      17 months ago

      Its very nice summary

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      Gilbert Arevalo 

      20 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      I love the set-up, mood build, but hoped the poetic narrative would continue.

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      Peehu 

      2 years ago

      Quite helpful for me. Thank u Sir

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      Angel 

      2 years ago

      Very helpful & Thank you!!!

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      2 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

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

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      Awesome 

      2 years ago

      Thank u

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      2 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

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

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      Pratisha Lenka 

      2 years ago

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

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      3 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      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.

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      sneha 

      3 years ago

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

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      3 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      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.

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      adi 

      3 years ago

      just wanna comment seeing your kind response

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      olga khumlo 

      3 years 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.

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      Pulkit 

      3 years ago

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

      Hats off to your efforts

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      rima 

      3 years ago

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

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      Bikash 

      4 years ago

      Thnx nice one......

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      4 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      Hi laiba, neet,rohandas,and Abrar.

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

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      Abrar 

      4 years ago

      It helped me a lot . Thanks

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      rohan das 

      4 years ago

      It was totally a good explanation of the poem

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      neel 

      4 years ago

      it's nice to read

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      OlgaKhumlo 

      4 years ago

      Great!Keep it up Devika.

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      Devika 

      4 years ago

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

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      Olga Khumlo 

      4 years ago

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

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      hola 

      4 years ago

      why does the traveller feel this strangeness?

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      Ronsgame 

      4 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

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      sweatheart 

      4 years ago

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

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      4 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      His promise to pass on a message.

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      priyanshu shukla 

      4 years ago

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

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      4 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

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

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      maryam 

      4 years ago

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

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      SSS 

      5 years ago

      Totally awesome. Best website in the universe. Nice poems

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      YJ 

      5 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????????????????...........................

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      Aravin 

      5 years ago

      Useful and simple to understand . Good for studying exams.

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      shadee salih 

      5 years ago

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

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      boo 

      5 years ago

      really very good thanks u made my work simple

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      busun 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for making this poem, Waiter De La Mare

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      hafsa 

      6 years ago

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

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      Sharmila 

      6 years ago

      Thanx for d summary............it is really helpful

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      darchana baroowa..nice 

      6 years ago

      nice..

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      rutvi 

      6 years ago

      ya it is, my sir has copied this summary

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      namrata das 

      6 years ago

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

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      Aasha 

      6 years ago

      Superb...... Thanks...

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      suheel parray 

      6 years ago

      Very helpful thanks a lot

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      Naw 

      6 years ago

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

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      6 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      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.

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      riyana 

      6 years ago

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

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      sania 

      6 years ago

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

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      chocolatelover 

      6 years ago

      very well explained:)

      u made my work easier:D

      thanx.

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      Juliet 

      7 years ago

      Hub pages has so many lovely writers

      I should say Mam your very good, Thumbs up .

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      olga khumlo 

      7 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

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

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

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

    • olgakhumlo profile imageAUTHOR

      olga khumlo 

      7 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

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

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      Alhamora 

      7 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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      olga khumlo 

      7 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      Thank you AppleJack ,I appreciate your comment.

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      AppleJacks 

      7 years ago

      interesting and attention grabbing

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