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. We don't know what promise the Traveller made and tries in vain to keep. Archived from on 29 November 2006. The silence that welcomed him was only broken with the plunging hoofs of the traveller's horse as he retreated. Why had the Traveller promised to come to them? The listeners are an ill-defined group that listen but don't respond to the Traveller's call. Too long, however, as everyone at court is now dead and Camelot deserted and overgrown. Spooked by the silence, the man knocks even louder.
Thank you very much dear children for your appreciation. As for that elusive meaning of the poem, among the theories proposed since its publication include establishing the Traveller as everything from a ghost of a dead man to God and the listeners as everything from guardians of the afterlife to mere humans frightened of the mysterious nighttime visitor. De la Mare claimed that all children fall into the category of having a childlike imagination at first, which is usually replaced at some point in their lives. The use of Pathetic Fallacy reinforces the sense of mystery by a considerably large margin. 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. That's what I love this poem. The photo above may be tricky to read properly, but it's worth trying.
It also gives the impression that the traveller is isolated, however we do not find out, it is left unexplained. 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. James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers. . With no one descending the stairs, nor anyone peering over the window-sill fringed with leaves, he stood baffled and still. The poem opens with the scene being set. The Traveller's mode of transport is a horse, not a car.
And maybe you could consider the horse a character as well. Another possible theory is that perhaps the ghosts where not ghosts at all. All the other characters are the shadowy ' listeners', who congregate in the empty house and listen, but do not respond to his calls. The Traveller is referred to as 'lonely' and 'perplexed' puzzled , and the poet mentions the emptiness, strangeness and silence of the setting. The house is crumbling, the light of the moon showing down upon the stairs.
Hence, there exists a psychological communication between the traveler and the ghosts. This was chosen because the Traveller was riding a horse, implying that the poem was set in older times. The Traveller came to the house in the forest on horseback at night. Though neither Them or the Listeners acknowledge the Traveller's presence, the Traveller acknowledges the Listeners by requesting they tell Them that he came and kept his word. Behold I stand at the door and knock. The ghosts have appeared to have been awakened. It can also be interpreted by an adult.
But we can look at some of the more obvious interpretations. He spent his final year mostly bed-ridden, being cared for by a nurse whom he loved but never had a physical relationship with. Also all of the people of the house were killed, supporting the theory. The sound also suggests contempt, as it is associated with the snake, the animal that represents evil. It was the first collection to win the award.
James Tait Black Prizes: Previous Winners. The traveller's call was hearkened only by a host of listeners who were merely ghosts. Meaning So what's the upshot? The genius of the poem, of course, is that everything is possible and nothing can be right or wrong. His ashes are buried in the crypt of , where he had once been a choirboy. He was born to James Edward de la Mare, a principal at the , and Lucy Sophia Browning James's second wife , daughter of Scottish and author Dr Colin Arrott Browning. Maybe Walter de la Mare intended for this poem to have no meaning at all. Well, poems aren't equations, so there are no exact answers.
Rain and vehicles made grabbing a snapshot difficult, and I did what I could, surprised and elated to find that the words I had always found so evocative should show up in that place at that time. The new family lived in and from 1899 till 1924. People write sometimes to educate and sometimes to get a point across, but most importantly because they are passionate and it is what they love. Does a horse eating really make an F sound? 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. I think that was de la Mare's intention - the poem can be interpreted however the reader wants to see it! And why aren't they there now? Then the Traveller knocked a third time, louder, and states that he had come, and that he had kept his promise. Several later writers of supernatural fiction, including , , and , have cited de la Mare's ghost stories as highly inspirational. What this perhaps suggests, then, is that the movement of the narrative was more important to the poet than a fixed, regular, metre.
The traveler becomes apprehensive when his second knock yields no result. Using that analogy, in this poem, the Traveller is the Christ figure, keeping his promise to return but the house or church contains only the memories of faith, not the solid reality. There stood the phantoms thronged on the stair, listening to the traveller's call. In 1944, when the protagonist David Staunton is sixteen, de la Mare's play is produced by the pupils of his sister's school in Toronto, Canada. On the other hand Antonio attempts to convince Sebastian. One theory of how the people of the house died is that they were killed by the bubonic plague. Thanking you once again I wanna that I am proud of my Country.