Silver Paraphrase

by Walter de la Mare

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
The moon is rising, casting its silvery light.
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
The moon moves over the trees, making them appear silver.
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
The moon is reflecting on the window.
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
The dog is sleeping in the dog house. The moon light is reflecting off his paws.
From their shadowy coat the white breasts peep
Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;
The doves are sleeping and the moon is reflecting off their chest.
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
The harvest mouse running by, and the moon is reflecting on his claws and eyes.
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.
The fish are motionless, and the moon is reflecting off the stream.


  1. our teacher says that in the paraphrase the word “reflection” is used too many times!!

  2. And what did your teacher suggest?

  3. Thank you so much Mr. Scott

  4. Thank you sir… it was very helpful.. its so beautifully explained that it can be understood by small childrens…

  5. thanks

  6. Thank you Mr Scott

  7. Sir .
    I want to know the meaning of the following
    —-This way, and that, she peers, and sees
    Silver fruit upon silver trees;

  8. The silver light of the moon is turning silver, even the fruit on the trees.

Please let me know how I can help you.