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

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

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

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  • (1/18/2019 10:47:00 AM)

    AWFUL BORING DISGRECE (Report)Reply

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  • (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.
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  • (1/13/2019 6:36:00 AM)

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

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  • (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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  • (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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  • (5/24/2018 9:56:00 PM)

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

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  • (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
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  • (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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  • (4/2/2018 1:55:00 PM)

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

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  • (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

    (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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  • (3/3/2018 2:25:00 PM)

    Exception buitifull school days again (Report)Reply

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  • (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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  • (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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  • (2/7/2018 7:59:00 AM)

    we want images but hear no images. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/31/2018 3:48:00 AM)

    This is the very first poem I ever remember, I am 65. I have remembered most of it all my life, and I am so happy to have found the whole poem. It was in a book of poems my parents gave me when I was very young. I love it. It inspired me to write and now I have a published children's book, in 7 languages, on Life after Death, on Amazon, called 'Beyond The Rainbow'. I am a happy reader. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/28/2017 11:18:00 AM)

    nice poem (Report)Reply

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  • (11/12/2017 2:04:00 PM)

    Having recalled the poem only last night with friends and ashamedly forgotten most of it to again read it was wonderful. IT took me back to the classroom where every week we read poetry similar to this. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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