Who is Walter De La Mare

Walter John de la Mare (; 25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956) was an English poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is probably best remembered for his works for children, for his poem "The Listeners", and for a highly acclaimed selection of subtle psychological horror stories, amongst them "Seaton's Aunt" and "All Hallows".

In 1921, his novel Memoirs of a Midget won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and his post-war Collected Stories for Children won the 1947 Carnegie Medal for British children's books.


De la Mare was born in Kent at 83, Maryon Road, Charlton (now part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich), partly descended from a family of French Huguenot silk merchants, and was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School. He was born to Ja...
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Walter De La Mare Poems

  • Treachery
    She had amid her ringlets bound
    Green leaves to rival their dark hue;
    How could such locks with beauty bound
    Dry up their dew, ...
  • The Vacant Day
    As I did walk in meadows green
    I heard the summer noon resound
    With call of myriad things unseen
    That leapt and crept upon the ground. ...
  • Five Eyes
    In Hans' old Mill his three black cats
    Watch the bins for the thieving rats.
    Whisker and claw, they crouch in the night,
    Their five eyes smouldering green and bright: ...
  • O Dear Me!
    Here are crocuses, white, gold, grey!
    'O dear me!' says Marjorie May;
    Flat as a platter the blackberry blows:
    'O dear me!' says Madeleine Rose; ...
  • Imogen
    Even she too dead! all languor on her brow,
    All mute humanity's last simpleness, -
    And yet the roses in her cheeks unfallen!
    Can death haunt silence with a silver sound? ...
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Sweet 99 Clear 74 Face 62 Cold 61 Bright 55 Earth 53 Deep 52 Small 50 Wild 46 Head 42

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Metaartspace: poem drop: moonlight x walter de la mare this poem describes how the moon makes everything beautiful with its light.
Peterkinlouise: listening to walter de la mare ghost stories... chilling, amiguous and yet... the audio equivalent equivalant of a hot bath and a diazepam. so nice. recommended if you like your horror classy and comforting.
Df_lewis: “what actually did i do or leave undone that sickens me so? what was there in this unintelligible ordeal that still eludes me?” — walter de la mare
War_poets: 24 march 1915 edward thomas writes to walter de la mare ‘the young poet must be much vainer or more tricky than you are used to. he can’t imagine how he will stand waiting a week or how then he could stand hearing he has gone wrong over metre sometimes'
Becimay: no one does meta like walter de la mare
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