Walter de la Mare

(1873 - 1958 / Kent / England)

Some One

Poem by Walter de la Mare

Some one came knocking
At my wee, small door;
Someone came knocking;
I'm sure-sure-sure;
I listened, I opened,
I looked to left and right,
But nought there was a stirring
In the still dark night;
Only the busy beetle
Tap-tapping in the wall,
Only from the forest
The screech-owl's call,
Only the cricket whistling
While the dewdrops fall,
So I know not who came knocking,
At all, at all, at all.



Comments about Some One by Walter de la Mare

  • Nightbird (5/5/2020 11:42:00 AM)

    Kind of Spooky little poem if you ask me(Report)Reply

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  • Rosemary V Baugh (4/26/2020 4:33:00 PM)

    I love this poem, I have never forgotten it from Nursery school when I was 5 & I have just celebrated my 80th birthday, isn’t it strange how we forget what happened yesterday but a poem has stuck in my head since I was about 5 yrs old, beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • Lorna M (10/30/2019 5:04:00 PM)

    I remember learning this in poem in my early school years but thought there was more stanzas to it.(Report)Reply

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  • Geraldine Lynch (63) (6/19/2019 2:55:00 PM)

    I loved this poem, learned it when I was in Primary school, could never remember the Cricket line though, but have it now! Thanks Walter. Nice to see so many Someone fans.(Report)Reply

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  • Terry Boughen (4/19/2019 7:47:00 PM)

    I also learnt it when I was very young, feeding my imagination and it still does at 66, a lovely evocative poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Jean Comer (3/8/2019 10:27:00 PM)

    I learned this poem when I was 10. I am now 66 and have never forgotten it. Thank you(Report)Reply

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  • Michael CrowderMichael Crowder (2/28/2019 2:12:00 PM)

    one of my favourites when I was a boy(Report)Reply

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  • 0987644 (1/18/2019 10:47:00 AM)

    AWFUL BORING DISGRECE(Report)Reply

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  • Tricia Mitchell (1/17/2019 12:02:00 PM)

    This was the first poem I learned in my infants class at about age six. I remember reciting it to my mum who was so impressed that she made me recite it to every friend or relative who came to visit.
    I remember the whole thing to this day, almost 70 years later.(Report)Reply

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  • Lora Ashman (1/13/2019 6:36:00 AM)

    eerie and beautiful at the same time.(Report)Reply

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  • Therese Rowe (11/4/2018 12:33:00 PM)

    I remember this from childhood, Recently I have begun to write Poems and it inspired me to write one about the wind.(Report)Reply

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  • Tanmay Mitra (8/16/2018 1:35:00 AM)

    Always this poem helps me to remember my childhood..it is my 2nd poem which I read in childhood.(Report)Reply

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  • Sneha purbey (5/24/2018 9:56:00 PM)

    I like this poem. This is my favorite poem(Report)Reply

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  • Lalala (4/29/2018 4:53:00 PM)

    I love this one
    It makes me so calm I also love that this is a song by violet archer(Report)Reply

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  • marie henry (4/7/2018 6:54:00 PM)

    i remember learning this is school in england in the early 50's, i was 4, i liked it but at the same time it frightened me for some reason. i think i had an over reacting imagination.(Report)Reply

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  • Alan Brown (4/2/2018 1:55:00 PM)

    I hope the knocking has stopped.enjoyed your poem Alan(Report)Reply

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  • Virginia Hayward (3/4/2018 12:02:00 AM)

    Had to learn this by heart at school in the 1950s. Teacher was a Sister Cuthbert -a dragon of a women(Report)Reply

    Betty Gene McCallum(3/14/2018 5:31:00 PM)

    I had to memorize it in the later 50’s as well and could only remember the first 1/2. I want to recite it to my grandchildren.

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  • Julius (3/3/2018 2:25:00 PM)

    Exception buitifull school days again(Report)Reply

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  • Gill Latham (2/25/2018 5:12:00 AM)

    So glad I found this poem I had to learn this in primary school, I remembered most of it except the end. Brings back memories. School in the 60s.(Report)Reply

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  • Eugene (2/12/2018 1:20:00 PM)

    This poem reminds me of my primary school days, thank for Google, will as well teach my children(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004