Saturday, January 10, 2009

Today's poem - Silver 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 a silver-feathered sleep;
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws and a silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

by Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)

With my great thanks to K. for telling me about this wonderful poem - so perfect for the full moon at perigee.


  1. A full moon tonight - we have just a little cloud so it may yet be seen to best advantage. I love the silvery landscape - even more silvery here because we still have frost.

    Good to be reminded of that poem too.

  2. I think I must have been about 6 or 7 years old when I had to learn this poem to recite at a school concert. Thanks for the memory, Nan.

  3. I remember learning this at school, it all came back to me as I read it. Haven't thought of it for years. Thank you for the reminder.
    Pretty cloudy here, can't see the moon at present, will have a look later.


  4. It was so big and bright last night I could almost read by it. Wonderful poem and I adore his photo smiling alongside.

  5. I loved that!! I don't read any poetry so to click on your blog and see this beautiful poem was really nice!!!

    Have a great weekend!! and I will remember this poem the next time I look at the moon :)

  6. I wish I could see the moon. It is overcast windy and cold here. It isn't supposed to get any better. I guess I won't be doing any moon gazing this week.

  7. Thank you for posting this enchantingly appropriate poem. I use his use of alliteration and imagery. It's simply wonderful!

  8. Oh, Nan! I've just posted the very same thing! The moon was wonderful last night.

  9. Thank you all for your appreciation of the poem. As I noted, I thank K. so much for telling me about it. From the responses, I suspect it was read/taught more in Britain than here. I've heard of the author, but not this poem. And as you probably all knew, but I had to look up, :<) 'shoon' is the plural of shoe.

  10. Trying to think where I encountered this poem years ago--it may have been in an anthology or a textbook which my Mother had used when she was in school. The word-pictures are so lovely.

  11. So very good to hear from you, Morning's Minion!


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