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5.0 out of 5 stars happy encounter, 11 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Selected Poems (Faber Paper Covered Editions) (Paperback)
De la Mare is a really intriguing figure. Somewhat of a misfit amongst 20th Century trends in literature--and all the more valuable because of it. In his novels, short stories, and here in the poems, he shows himself to be an unusually acute chronicler both of the rarefied and immediate experiences. In these poems he appears gloriously indifferent to the linguistic revolutions going on around him, instead allying himself to the older traditions of Romanticism and the Trancendentalists--with a grain of E A Poe thrown in for good measure.

I recommend to anyone unsatisfied with the de-spiritualized materialist/modernist ballast of the last century in English poetry:

I saw bleak Arrogance, with brows of brass,
Clad nape to sole in shimmering foil of lead,
Stark down his nose he stared; a crown of glass
Aping the rainbow, on his tilted head.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Selected Poems., 7 Aug 2014
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I very much enjoyed this selection of poems by Walter
de la Mare, they are an excellent variety.
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