Walter de la Mare

(1873 - 1958 / Kent / England)

Silver - Poem by Walter de la Mare

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.


Comments about Silver by Walter de la Mare

  • Robert Murray Smith (2/17/2017 5:02:00 PM)


    To capture the silvery moon beams on all it shines. Nice write. (Report) Reply

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  • Tom Allport (1/14/2017 7:31:00 AM)

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    the night and it's inhabitants being coated in silvery white paint, wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (11/10/2016 7:42:00 AM)


    First read this poem in my high school... Beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Japhet Pamai (11/3/2015 2:28:00 AM)


    So beautiful, a poem! Reminiscing the childhood days as a schoolboy with a bag full of satchels! (Report) Reply

  • Anish Debnath (10/2/2015 5:07:00 AM)


    What an imagery of moonlit night where the moon sees the world by its color.It is a lovely poem to read.
    But like the moon we also see the world by our colors of light.
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  • (6/22/2014 8:05:00 PM)


    ............loved reading this beautiful poem.....the imagery is astonishing.... (Report) Reply

  • (5/20/2014 9:37:00 PM)


    I love this poem! However no matter how many times I've read it i don't get what the theme is. If anyone would be so kind to explain it to me i would be very grateful. Thanks. (Report) Reply

    * Sunprincess * (6/22/2014 8:04:00 PM)

    ...............the theme is the beautiful image of silver....in this poem everything is silver....cause the moon is shining her silvery light.....

  • (6/7/2013 2:35:00 PM)


    I find this poem comforting.. Calming. (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2012 2:33:00 AM)


    Of all the poems I was taught (read forced to learn) as a child, this (and five eyes) will remain with me to to the end of my days.
    and moveless fish...in a silver stream one of the most evocative two lines I've ever encountered.
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  • (5/25/2012 1:13:00 AM)


    I recall this poem being brilliantly read by Ann De Villiers in our class at Milner School. (Cica '54) . Great poem, it comes to mind every full moon

    Jerry b
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  • (4/7/2012 8:38:00 AM)


    I first learnt this poem as a primary school student at Montfort Primary School, Batu Pahat, Malaysia.
    The years slipped by and with fading memories of friends, teachers and events but somehow this Silver is remembered, so I say, thank you.
    I am now 53 and I do not live in Malaysia anymore.
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  • (12/30/2011 5:15:00 AM)


    Our English teacher in Kashmir told us that in litery terms this is called Personification, any thing that does not have life when you see with physical eye but author in words describes it in such a way that it has the physical form. Moon which when we see with physical form is lifeless moving around earth but poet makes you believe that she is moving & she sees various things. In fact this concept of Personification has been used in various religions to describe God, Heaven, Hell etc. (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2011 8:04:00 PM)


    I love this poem! My teacher showed this poem to me on friday we paraphrased it :) . (Report) Reply

  • (3/7/2011 7:10:00 PM)


    I, too, have long loved 'Silver' and I've never considered it only a children's poem. I have never thought, however, that a poem must have 'levels' of meaning or allegory or should be deciphered like a puzzle in 'National Treasure' in order to be considered a work for adults. Though the haiku is constrained by form and is non-rhyming, I think the most vital part of the art is the creation of one intense image or impression and, in this sense, 'Silver' is truly like an extended haiku. Poems
    are different things to all people and we all put our own meanings to them, but 'Silver' will be a vivid and beautiful image of night for me. People insist on making so many levels of meaning, for instance, of 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' but it may be my favorite poem (who can really pick just one favorite) because it is so beautiful and I can feel the cold and smell the woods and hear... well, that is how I feel poetry. We must all embrace them in the way that the poem most moves us and it would be impossible to appreciate 'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner' on imagery alone, not to mention that it requires deep thought to keep track of what is going on, but I'll stick with the powerful imagery and beauty of 'Silver'
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  • (7/8/2009 1:57:00 PM)


    I have loved this poem since my early teens, whilst at boarding school in Dublin Eire.
    It is one of the few I remember by heart..possibly the onomatopoeia.?
    He is also one of my favourite poets. along with many others....Keats..Donne..Virgil..yeats..along with many other philosophers, who were also poets in their own right.
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  • (6/9/2009 2:53:00 PM)


    I won a speech competition at age 12 by reading this poem since then it has become a firm favourite (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2008 6:13:00 PM)


    My favorite peom it inspired me to start writing. (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2007 2:03:00 PM)


    Hey guys, does anyone have a SUMMARY of this poem?
    can you send it to me please? thanks!
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  • (4/3/2007 1:37:00 AM)


    superb poem and it ryms! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (3/4/2007 4:33:00 AM)


    I think ur the best poet writter (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 26, 2003


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