Charlotte Mary Mew (15 November 1869 – 24 March 1928 / London)
Charlotte Mary Mew was an English poet, whose work spans the cusp between Victorian poetry and Modernism.
She was born in Bloomsbury, London the daughter of the architect Frederick Mew, who designed Hampstead town hall. Her father died in 1898 without making adequate provision for his family; two of her siblings suffered from mental illness, and were committed to institutions, and three others died in early childhood leaving Charlotte, her mother and her sister, Anne. Charlotte and Anne made a pact never to marry for fear of passing on insanity to their children. (One author calls Charlotte "chastely lesbian".)
In 1894, Mew succeeded in getting a short story into The ... more »
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- A Farewell
- A Quoi Bon Dire
- Fin de Fête
- From a Window
- I Have Been Through The Gates
- I So Liked Spring
- In Nunhead Cemetary
- In The Fields
- Madeline in Church
- Monsieur Qui Passe
- Moorland Night
- My Heart is Lame
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''Because all night you have not turned to us or spokenCharlotte Mew (1870-1928), British poet. Beside the Bed (l. 12-13). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxf...
It is time for you to wake;''
''This is only a most piteous pretense of sleep!''Charlotte Mew (1870-1928), British poet. Beside the Bed (l. 17). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford...
''And if I may not walk in th' old ways and look onCharlotte Mew (1870-1928), British poet. Old Shepherd's Prayer (l. 17-19). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin,...
th' old faces
I wud sooner sleep.''
''An' him no more to me nor me to himCharlotte Mew (1870-1928), British poet. Sea Love (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxf...
Than the wind goin' over my hand.''