Charlotte Mary Mew
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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- My Heart is Lame
- I So Liked Spring
- On the Road to the Sea
- The Changeling
- In The Fields
- A Farewell
- A Quoi Bon Dire
- The Trees Are Down
- The Farmer's Bride
- From a Window
- I Have Been Through The Gates
- The Peddler
- The Cenotaph
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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.''
''She does the work about the houseCharlotte Mew (1870-1928), British poet. The Farmer's Bride (l. 20-24). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed...
As well as most, but like a mouse:
Happy enough to chat and play
With birds and rabbits and such as they,
So long as men-folk keep away.''
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