Poetry Analysis Essay

1038 Words Mar 27th, 2013 5 Pages
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
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It causes the reader to pause, creating a stillness and silence and in turn adding to the tone. De La Mare goes even deeper with lines like, “For he suddenly smote on the door, even louder, and lifted his head:- ‘Tell them I came, and no one answered, that I kept my word,’ he said” (De La Mare, 25-28). The rhyming in these lines stays with the reader and is surely haunting. De La Mare uses rhyming in this poem to set the tone and keep a rhythm throughout the poem. Walter De La Mare creates an atmosphere in the poem through the use of evocative language. One way the poem creates atmosphere is in the use of very detailed imagery. In the second line De La Mare writes “Knocking on the moonlit door” (De La Mare, 2). “Moonlit” is a form of imagery, and the poet uses this to characterize a scene and add to the atmosphere of the poem. The use of imagery in this poem simply adds to the beauty of the poem and makes it more readable. De La Mare adds to the atmosphere with lines like, “And he felt in his heart their strangeness, their stillness answering his cry, while his horse moved, cropping the dark turf” (De La Mare, 21-23). These lines help to make the poem and its setting well described. The use of imagery in these lines sends a signal through the reader’s imagination and the reader can’t help but to wonder what is going to happen next. It draws the reader in and forces the reader to get caught up in the

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