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Justin Gonzales A Promise to Return Poetry Analysis Essay 3-1-2013 A Promise to Return "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" (De La Mare, 1-4) and in a dreamlike manner, the scene is set. "The Listeners" by Walter Del La Mare is a dark and spooky poem with an unexpected ending. It is about a "traveller" who rides through an eerie forest in the middle of the night in search of someone. His travels lead him to a quiet house where no one answers his call. However, he feels the presence of someone in the house and calls out to them, but "the listeners" don't budge to answer him. The poem is deep and dark, and leaves many…show more content…
The poem is written in third-person. The reader is invited to watch the actions of the characters, but not let in on what the thoughts and feelings are of the characters and this also helps to create atmosphere. For me, this poem has undertones of death and war . There is a sense that the man came by before, hence the reason for the traveler knowing someone was there. There might have been a relationship with the people in the house, maybe his family or a mistress. He must have promised to protect them, maybe he left for war and promised he would return to save them from whatever the imminent threat that there might have been. The silence in the halls gives me the sense of death and loneliness in the halls of this once happy home. The traveler could have been a warrior of some kind. He returned and whispered a desperate response to the hallowing silence that even though he was late, he kept his promise. It is very strange to me that the traveler would come to the house in the middle of the night and knock on the door and quickly rode away without searching more aggressively through the house. Walter De La Mare wrote a beautiful and unforgettable poem. This poem will forever be interpreted in different ways and there will always be controversy as to what the author intended to mean with the beautiful words of “The Listeners.” Perhaps, there was no intended
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