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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (4/2/2018 1:55:00 PM)


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

  • (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.

  • (3/3/2018 2:25:00 PM)


    Exception buitifull school days again (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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

  • (2/7/2018 7:59:00 AM)


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

  • (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

  • (11/28/2017 11:18:00 AM)


    nice poem (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • Frank Brierley (4/6/2017 5:44:00 AM)


    Isn't it a lovely poem! It was one of my mother's favourites, found in WDLM's 'Peacock Pie'. I can still remember most of it - having learned it 66 years ago! It's great to see how many others have found it memorable too. (Report) Reply

  • Malcolm Dale (11/11/2016 11:46:00 AM)

    Malcolm Dale
    I actually recorded this poem on a 78 rpm record in 1946 (I was six!) (Report) Reply

  • (6/22/2016 12:50:00 PM)


    I learned this lovely poem when I was a small child in England in the early 40's I t still rings in my head.I am a published poet now in Canada I have finally read all about Walter and love being able to explore his work on line
    Joan Kehoe
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  • (5/7/2016 6:29:00 AM)


    I attended primary school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Our Principal taught us poetry by Coral Recitation. That was I the early '70's yet the poem, together with 'The Listeners' are still in my memory (well, parts of it) This brings back such special memories. (Report) Reply

  • (11/3/2009 12:14:00 AM)


    This Poem was in the 'Victorian Readers Third Book' for Grade Three pupils at Government Primary Schools in Victoria, Australia published in 1940. I vaguely remembered this Poem from my Grade three year in 1948, but when I recently found my Grade Three Reader and came across this delightful poem again, it bought back such pleasant memories. (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2009 5:03:00 PM)


    Thanks Mr Walter, for this marvellous poem. (Report) Reply

  • (8/31/2008 9:11:00 AM)


    I have no idea whether I'm reading too much into this but I see a connect with this poem and Walter de la Mare's 'THE LISTENERS' (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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