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Selected Poems of Walter de la Mare (Poet to Poet: An Essential Choice of Classic Verse) Paperback – 6 Apr 2006


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571210449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571210442
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter de la Mare was born on April the 25th, 1873 in Charlton, Kent. He attended St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School, London before working for the Anglo-American (Standard) Oil Company in London as a clerk in the department of statistics, between the years 1890 and 1908. Subsequently, de la Mare was able to concentrate on writing full-time thanks to the offer of a government pension. The Listeners and Other Poems, published in 1912, established his reputation, and his best-known children's book, Peacock Pie appeared in 1913. He received many awards for his stories, poetry and criticism, including the Order of Merit in 1953. He died in 1956 and is buried at St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

Matthew Sweeney was born in Co Donegal, Ireland in 1952. He lived for many years in London and has lately been spending time in Romania and Germany. He has published a number of books of poetry and his most recent collection is Sanctuary (Cape, 2004). He also writes poetry and fiction for children - including Up on the Roof: New & Selected Poems (Faber, 2001), and a novel, Fox (Bloomsbury, 2002). A German translation of the latter came out from Berlin Verlag in October 2003, while books of poems in translation have appeared over the last few years in Romania, Mexico, Latvia and Slovakia, with further books in progress in Holland, Germany, Italy and Japan. A co-author of Writing Poetry (Hodder, 1997 - updated 2003), Matthew is also an editor of several anthologies, including The New Faber Book of Children's Poems (Faber, 2001).


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Esposito on 27 July 2012
Format: Paperback
The two-star review must surely refer to another edition. My copy shows the same high standards of production used by Faber in others of their recent paperback poetry editions - a big advance on their quality in the 80s and 90s. Tough card covers, permanent paper, and even a sewn binding! The typeface may not be inspiring, but it is distinctively Faber, and the print is large and easy to read. As for the selection itself, I find that it captures the essence of Walter de la Mare's poetry (even if a few of my favourites are missing), and smoothly mixes the poems for adults with those for children.
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By Brenda New on 14 Nov. 2013
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Brought back cherished memories of my favourite childhood poems. Walter de la Mare should had been appointed Children's Poet Laureate (if he wasn't)
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jane on 25 Nov. 2011
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Although I hope my Mum will enjoy reading her favourite poems, the presentation of this book was extremely amateurish----the pages were like a poor photocopy. Disappointing.
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