Walter de la Mare

(1873 - 1958 / Kent / England)


Poem by Walter de la Mare

When music sounds, gone is the earth I know,
And all her lovely things even lovelier grow;
Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees
Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies.

When music sounds, out of the water rise
Naiads whose beauty dims my waking eyes,
Rapt in strange dreams burns each enchanted face,
With solemn echoing stirs their dwelling-place.

When music sounds, all that I was I am
Ere to this haunt of brooding dust I came;
And from Time's woods break into distant song
The swift-winged hours, as I hasten along.

Comments about Music by Walter de la Mare

  • Isabel mcquitty (6/2/2020 1:17:00 PM)

    This poem was new to me and my granddaughter and we both loved it(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/22/2019 7:44:00 AM)

    A world without music. A quiet and lonely road. A amazing and wonderful poem.Already ReportedReply

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  • Simran sharma (5/26/2018 11:42:00 AM)

    Heart touchingAlready ReportedReply

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  • Unanimous (1/23/2018 9:47:00 AM)

    My heart just sunkAlready ReportedReply

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  • Daniel JonesDaniel Jones (2/24/2017 9:42:00 AM)

    What a beautifully written ode to music, Thank youAlready ReportedReply

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  • Tom Allport (12/23/2016 9:49:00 AM)

    providing it's the right music it can raise everyone's spirits.Already ReportedReply

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  • Glenn Frederick Baker (5/24/2016 7:25:00 AM)

    This haunt of brooding dust - - -remarkable.Already ReportedReply

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/7/2016 7:49:00 AM)

    ............a wonderful and beautiful tribute to music ★Already ReportedReply

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  • Alisha CastleAlisha Castle (1/7/2016 1:55:00 AM)

    sweet poetry..............Already ReportedReply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/3/2015 10:25:00 PM)

    There are lot of positiveness of music and a lovely poem.Already ReportedReply

    Purushothaman P(8/3/2015 5:24:00 PM)

    Second ur motion

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  • Rajesh ThankappanRajesh Thankappan (2/28/2015 10:14:00 PM)

    Music colours our world with its harmony and as the poet says the earth looks lovelier.Already ReportedReply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/25/2015 7:45:00 AM)

    Nice piece of work. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (6/19/2014 5:23:00 AM)

    You depicted the feelings that music comes with perfectly in this poem (when music sounds gone is the earth i know)Already ReportedReply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003