Summary of 'The Listeners'
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 (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on October 08, 2020:
Thank you friends, your appreciation is of great value. I wish to publish more summaries for class XI, XII.
Olga Khumlo on September 25, 2020:
God bless you. I want to add more books for class XI, XII, however due to hacked accounts, I've been delayed.
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 25, 2020:
Thanks for sharing. This is what makes things easier to find, when other people in a community that you are familiar with share their experiences and thoughts.
olga khumlo on July 29, 2018:
Thank you Carter God bless you all the students, immensely.
Carter on July 28, 2018:
Loved this summary. You have made it very easy to understand the poem.
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on December 28, 2017:
Thank you Parky and farahnaaz, God bless you both.
Parky das on December 27, 2017:
It was a very helpful explanation and helped me to unerstand the poem well
farahnaaz from hyderabad on July 01, 2017:
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.
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on June 17, 2017:
Thank you Sunny and Gilbert, God bless you.
sunny leone on June 17, 2017:
Its very nice summary
Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on March 13, 2017:
I love the set-up, mood build, but hoped the poetic narrative would continue.
Peehu on November 04, 2016:
Quite helpful for me. Thank u Sir
Angel on August 08, 2016:
Very helpful & Thank you!!!
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on May 06, 2016:
So sweet God bless you in all your endeavours to glorify him and in your to excel studies.
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olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on January 04, 2016:
'Stood thronging' refers to the host of ghosts who stood in silence listening to the traveller's call and to his message.
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on September 05, 2015:
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.
sneha on September 05, 2015:
Can you pls explain the line hearkening in air stirred and shaken
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on March 25, 2015:
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.
adi on March 24, 2015:
just wanna comment seeing your kind response
olga khumlo on March 09, 2015:
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.
Pulkit on March 04, 2015:
Thanks a lot for posting this summary , it helped me in my exam
Hats off to your efforts
rima on February 16, 2015:
Plz explain the lines stood thronging.........traveller's call
Bikash on September 20, 2014:
Thnx nice one......
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on September 17, 2014:
Hi laiba, neet,rohandas,and Abrar.
God bless you children. and may you score high always.
Abrar on September 16, 2014:
It helped me a lot . Thanks
rohan das on August 11, 2014:
It was totally a good explanation of the poem
neel on August 04, 2014:
it's nice to read
OlgaKhumlo on March 08, 2014:
Great!Keep it up Devika.
Devika on March 08, 2014:
Very nice summary I scored full because of this great work buddy
Olga Khumlo on February 22, 2014:
The traveller did not expect the silence, and the odd welcome.Hence the strange feeling within.
hola on February 22, 2014:
why does the traveller feel this strangeness?
Ronsgame on January 31, 2014:
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
sweatheart on January 30, 2014:
yes i liked it. it was really helpful for my studies
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on January 23, 2014:
His promise to pass on a message.
priyanshu shukla on January 23, 2014:
what was the word he kept.....?
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on January 21, 2014:
Thank you children, I appreciate your gratitude. I'm glad I could be a source of assistance to you, may God bless you all.
maryam on January 20, 2014:
I read through these comments,maybe I need your help in the future
SSS on October 07, 2013:
Totally awesome. Best website in the universe. Nice poems
YJ on September 30, 2013:
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 ..................
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Aravin on August 31, 2013:
Useful and simple to understand . Good for studying exams.
shadee salih on June 21, 2013:
Thank u for a useful summary, really i interested it.
boo on February 03, 2013:
really very good thanks u made my work simple
busun on January 14, 2013:
Thank you for making this poem, Waiter De La Mare
hafsa on November 15, 2012:
Xtremely perfert!!! Really helpful...:-)
Sharmila on September 17, 2012:
Thanx for d summary............it is really helpful
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Naw on May 27, 2012:
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olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on April 09, 2012:
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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sania on March 20, 2012:
i really like the way you explained this poem.could u please do it for the poem snake?
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olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on March 25, 2011:
Thank you very much for the comment James,God bless you and your family.
James A Watkins from Chicago on March 24, 2011:
Wow! That's some kind of spooky. I enjoyed your summary of this great poem. Nice work!
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on March 21, 2011:
Thanks Alhamora , I appreciate your comment.God bless you.
Alhamora from North on March 21, 2011:
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.
olga khumlo (author) from Mira Road Mumbai India on March 20, 2011:
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AppleJacks on March 20, 2011:
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