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nightmares & fairytales
Posted by: jennifer (218.145.25.---)
Date: March 21, 2004 04:39AM

does anyone know of any poems that have the theme or title of 'nightmares' or 'fairytales' ?? im looking for poems that are titled (i.e.) my nightmare, scary nightmare, bad nightmare anything!!! or are about a nighmare or fairytale!

Re: nightmares & fairytales
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: March 22, 2004 11:55AM

The Listeners

'Is there anybody there?' said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
Of the forest's ferny floor:
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the Traveller's head
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
'Is there anybody there?' he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners
That dwelt in the lone house then
Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
That goes down to the empty hall,
Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
By the lonely Traveller's call.
And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
'Neath the starred and leafy sky;
For he suddenly smote on the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head:-
'Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word,' he said.
Never the least stir made the listeners,
Though every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
From the one man left awake:
Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
And the sound of iron on stone,
And how the silence surged softly backward,
When the plunging hoofs were gone.

-- Walter De La Mare

Re: nightmares & fairytales
Posted by: Marian-NYC (
Date: March 22, 2004 01:08PM

"The Rockaby Lady From Hushabye Street" -- and a few other poems by Eugene Field that conjur up dreams you might have as soon as you fall asleep:
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If you net-search for "poem + nightmare" you'll get a great deal of material of... let's say VARYING DEGREES OF QUALITY. I thought this one was okay:

An urban's father's fears: "My Nightmare" by Richard Nguyen:
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Robert Graves: "A Child's Nightmare":

Re: nightmares & fairytales
Posted by: Tandy (
Date: March 29, 2004 07:05PM

Check out Anne Sexton's book "Transformations," re-tellilngs of fairytales in poetry. See [] for more information.

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