Walter de la Mare

(1873 - 1958 / Kent / England)

The Ghost

Poem by Walter de la Mare

Peace in thy hands,
Peace in thine eyes,
Peace on thy brow;
Flower of a moment in the eternal hour,
Peace with me now.

Not a wave breaks,
Not a bird calls,
My heart, like a sea,
Silent after a storm that hath died,
Sleeps within me.

All the night's dews,
All the world's leaves,
All winter's snow
Seem with their quiet to have stilled in life's dream
All sorrowing now.


Comments about The Ghost by Walter de la Mare

  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (8/18/2019 11:37:00 PM)

    Most beautifully worded, but true full melancholy, sadness and sorrows. Daunting poem, and as I am guessing, this poem has been chosen for the third time as The Modern Poem Of The Day, most deserving, I reckon. CONGRATULATIONS to the family of the late poet. For me this is an eerie poem by a classic poet. But most beautiful in its tune. His dreamlike visions had much similarities with Blake! Really.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/18/2019 4:24:00 PM)

    All the night's dews,
    All the world's leaves,
    All winter's snow
    Seem with their quiet to have stilled in life's dream
    All sorrowing now. great poem of Walter de la Mare(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/18/2019 10:52:00 AM)

    So touchingly inscribed on tragic and peace. I found it second time chosen as the modern poem of the poem of the day. Congratulations.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/18/2019 9:03:00 AM)

    Peace in thy hands
    Peace in thine eyes
    Peace in thy brow
    Flower of a moment in the eternal hour."
    Nice lines making the beautiful poem worth selection as modern poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (8/18/2019 6:30:00 AM)

    My heart, like a sea, Silent after a storm that hath died, Sleeps within me(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (8/18/2019 5:35:00 AM)

    A timeless write of sorrowful thoughts.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/18/2019 4:01:00 AM)

    peace
    a name of satisfied soul!
    (in every condition)(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (8/18/2019 1:23:00 AM)

    A poetic expression wrapped up in a simple but meaningful language.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/18/2018 10:46:00 PM)

    enthralled and stillness of mind-

    My heart, like a sea,
    Silent after a storm that hath died,
    Sleeps within me.(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/18/2018 9:57:00 PM)

    A poem of peace and calmness, of sorrows and stillness.(Report)Reply

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  • Chandan DeyChandan Dey (8/18/2018 3:34:00 PM)

    It’s a wonderful poem of Walter de la Mare. It fuses life with nature immaculately. It creates a strong quantum effect where time appears to be relatively stable. Thanks for posting.
    Chandan(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (8/18/2018 9:46:00 AM)

    The calm, the quiet and the peace of the 'eternal hour'(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (8/18/2018 8:15:00 AM)

    Mournful and subdued! The lines simultaneously produce a sad and calming effect on the reader! A great poem from a great poet!(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (8/18/2018 7:24:00 AM)

    I like this poem for its craft—its accessibility, the simplicity in its parallel structure. And I relate in feeling of it—until the last line. Why, I wonder, are these things in nature sorrowing? -GK(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/18/2018 5:34:00 AM)

    A well executed poem with nice theme has been shared.(Report)Reply

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  • Haidee Majola (8/18/2018 12:53:00 AM)

    An amazing poem on a sombre theme.(Report)Reply

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  • haseeb (3/27/2018 5:00:00 AM)

    its not that scary as I thought but I love I like the starting because of the peace word and it looks like you are reading a prayer out.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (8/18/2017 3:03:00 PM)

    My heart, like a sea,
    Silent after a storm that hath died,
    Sleeps within me.
    Thanks for the great poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/18/2017 2:16:00 PM)

    The Host! ! Silent after a storm! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (8/18/2017 1:09:00 AM)

    Such a great interesting piece of work....(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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