Poem - The Listeners

Traveller and hauted castle

Learner's Guide

 

Walter de la Mare (1873–1956) was an English poet, short story writer and novelist.

He is best known for his works for children. ‘The Listeners’ is said to be his most famous poem.

 

 

 

Find a line from the poem to match the pictures given below and write it in the blank.
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Answer:

 

A = Grass eating horse

B = Turret of the castle

C = Window or Door covered with grass

D = Grass or Fern (Recall Bryophytes from science)

E = Ghost or Phantom

F  = Perplexed / or Puzzled Person

 

 

 

 

Find a line from the poem to match the pictures given below and write it in the blank.
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1. Moonlight suggest that the time at which traveler knocked the door was night.

2. Forest fern suggest that castle is in forest

3. Host of phantoms were there in the house.

4. Traveler came on Horse.

5. In the quite means they were not saying anything.

 

 

 

Who is the speaker?
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Answer:

The Traveler

 

 

 

What was the horse doing?
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Answer:

Horse was eating the grass.

(Eat can be replaced with champed)

 

 

 

Who were the listeners?
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Answer:

The Phantoms

 

 

How did the Traveler feel when nobody answered?
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Answer:

He was perplexed.

 

 

What kind of feeling does the poem create?
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Answer:

Mysterious.

Throughout the poem, it was mysterious about the residents of house. It was hard to find the who lives in the house.

 

 

Mystery = something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.

A mystery novel/movie makes it hard to understand why certain things are happening.

 

Suspense = Feeling of uncertainty about what may happen.

A suspense movie/book makes you hard to predict what will happen next.

 

Thrill = Feeling of excitement and pleasure.

A thrilling story/poem keeps you excited throughout

 

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Alliterate:

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Of the forest’s ferny floor.
Pick out the words alliterated.
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Answer:

Forest, Ferny , Floor words have same initials and thus they are alliterate words.

 

 

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Rhyming Words:

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Pick out the rhyming words from the following lines of poem?
"Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
Of the forest’s ferny floor:"
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Answer:

Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
Of the forest’s ferny floor:

 

 

Write the words which are used to create a sense of mystery.
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Answer:

Mystery = unable to explain something.

 

 

Tip: Think before answering.

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