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Poetry Coursework "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare, and "The Way Through The Woods" by Rudyard Kipling are both pre 1914 poems. "The Listeners" is about a traveller knocking on the door of a building but nobody answers. The poem brings in the theme of ghosts or supernatural beings through out it, "But only a host of phantom listeners", "to that voice from the world of men" suggests that they are not from this world, "from the one man left awake" this suggests that they could be dead. The poem also has an air of mystery this is created in the use of descriptive words on describing and making the reader picture a dark, empty house in the country with a large moon creating huge shadows. ...read more.


I think that the poet has given the poem a good rhythm and has used a good range of adjectives to create a picture in the readers mind and to make the poem interesting. The way through the woods is a poem about a road that used to go through the woods. The poem is arranged differently to the listeners. This poem has two stanzas instead of one. This poem doesn't have a rhyme scheme but uses other sorts of rhymes including eye rhyme "brood... woods", it also uses internal rhyme "rain...again", and this internal rhyme occurs on line three and seven of each verse. The way you read this poem is similar to the way you read the listeners, with the pause at the end or each line and the first line of the couplet being read faster then the second. ...read more.


This brings up the possibility that maybe there was an accident on the road and that was why it was closed. The road is well described by Rudyard Kipling so the reader can get a good picture in there head. Atmosphere and mystery are created using the senses. The poets create detailed images in your head and sounds as well, using onomatopoeia and the contrast between sound and silence "you can here the beat of the horses feet". Both poems create such an intense image in your mind when your reading them that they get you excited about the poem. The mystery created just top's of the good poem. The reason that these poems are so well written and like very short stories is because when they were written people had no forms of moving visual entertainment as TV and cinema were not around. The readers had to use their imagination which poets took advantage of. ...read more.

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