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De la Mare, Walter. (1873 - 1956).

W o r k

I m a g i n a t i o n :

(a) childlike imagination: intuitive and inductive > visionary poetry

(b) boylike imagination: logical and deductive > intellectual poetry

- prefers the childlike type of imagination himself

C h i l d r e n :

Pecacock Pie (1913), Tom Tiddler's Ground (1932), and This Year: Next Year (1937):

- collections of children's poetry

- in a direct and fluent songlike manner

The Three Mulla-Mulgars (1910):

- a children's novel

A d u l t s :

"The Listeners" (1912):

- his most famous narrative poem

- a stranger comes to a house to deliver a message and fulfil a promise x but: finds the house empty

- "the listeners" = the probably only imaginary hearers of the stranger's knocking and calling

Memoirs of a Midget (1921):

- a novel

The Walter de la Mare Omnibus (1933):

- a  collection of short stories


"'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."

From "The Listeners" (1912).


(Photo: Famous Poets & Poems com).

  • Author

    Walter John de la Mare. (1873 - 1956). British.
  • Work

    Poet. Novelist. Short story writer. Author of children's poetry.
  • Genres

    Georgian period. Poetry and fiction. Children's writing. 


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