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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2008
I was captivated by a poem of de la Mare in the "Poem of the Day Two" Anthology. When I found this volume I picked it up...and it did not disappoint. "Peacock Pie" is "A Book of Rhyme" for children and happens to be de la Mare's most enduring collection - hence the only of his collections to be reissued en bloc by Faber & Faber. Unlike his near contemporary A.A. Milne, de la Mare did not write the sort of poetry that most children will identify with I don't think. But his poetry any child - and grown-up who has not forsaken his innate Romantic psyche - will be able to empathize with. Isn't "The Bookworm" de la Mare's version of "The Table Turned", that poem which was a cornerstone of Romanticism?

This edition features attractive and (even more so) highly evocative illustrations by Ardizzone. He is not my preferred illustrator but for Faber to choose to reiisue this collection illustrated in this age is merit and achievement in itself. My only real reservation with this edition is that it does away with, as I later discovered, the categorisation of the poems. The actual sequence I think has been left intact, but the division I finds illuminates it further. So 1 star knocked off for that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2010
Purchased this for my mother, she is really pleased with it - all the poems she remembers from her schooldays (during WW2). Quite a nostalgia fest for her, so glad I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2013
This collection contained a poem that I have been searching for,at last I can now relive the time years ago when I first heard it!
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on 27 July 2011
My Sister had asked me to buy some poetry by Walter de la Mare for her birthday and this was one of the books I bought for her. She is very pleased with the book whilst I am happy with the price I paid and the swift delivery.
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on 8 July 2013
Great fun to read poetry that brings a light-hearted smile with it. I love his poetry and sense of fun.
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on 16 October 2014
How can you review. Jewels like these?
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on 9 August 2015
very happy with this book thankyou.
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on 13 November 2014
great book
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Very good
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