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Reading Walter de la Mare

Walter de la Mare

A selection of Walter de la Mare’s greatest poems presented alongside insightful, reader-friendly commentaries.

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£14.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571347131
Date Published
17.06.2021
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Summary

Walter de la Mare (1873–1956) was one of the best-loved English poets of the twentieth century, his verse admired by contemporaries including Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost, W. H. Auden and T. S. Eliot. This volume presents a new selection of de la Mare’s finest poems, including perennial favourites such as ‘Napoleon’, ‘Fare Well’ and ‘The Listeners’, for a twenty-first-century audience. The poems are accompanied by commentaries by William Wootten, which build up a portrait of de la Mare’s life, loves and friendships with the likes of Hardy, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas and Katherine Mansfield. They also point out the fascinating references to literature, folklore and the natural world that embroider the verse.

Critic Reviews

'[A]stute, reader-friendly commentaries [that] draw on a mixture of biographical detail, literary context and close readings to make clear what Wootten sees as the virtues of de la Mare’s verse.'

Ben Wilkinson, TLS
Walterde la Mare

Walter de la Mare (1873–1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. From 1890 to 1908, he worked in the statistics department of the London office of Anglo-American Oil. For the rest of his long life, he was a full-time writer. De la Mare’s first collection of poetry, Songs of Childhood, was published under pseudonym in 1902. With the publication of The…

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