Walter de la Mare

(1873 - 1958 / Kent / England)

Quotations

  • ''All but blind
    In his chambered hole
    Gropes for worms
    The four-clawed Mole.''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. All but Blind (l. 1-4). PDV. Piping down the Valleys Wild; Poetry for the Young of All Ages. Nancy Larrick, ed. (1968) Delacorte Press.
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  • ''So, blind to Someone
    I must be.''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. All but Blind (l. 15-16). PDV. Piping down the Valleys Wild; Poetry for the Young of All Ages. Nancy Larrick, ed. (1968) Delacorte Press.
  • ''We wake and whisper awhile,
    But, the day gone by,
    Silence and sleep like fields
    Of amaranth lie.''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. All That's Past (l. 21-24). OAEL-2. Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''Oh, no man knows
    Through what wild centuries
    Roves back the rose.''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. All That's Past (l. 7-8). OAEL-2. Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''"A bumpity ride in a wagon of hay
    For me," says Jane.''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. Bunches of Grapes (l. 11-12). OxBChV. Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''"Bunches of grapes," says Timothy;
    "Pomegranates pink," says Elaine;
    "A junket of cream and a cranberry tart."''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. Bunches of Grapes (l. 1-3). OxBChV. Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''But beauty vanishes; beauty passes;
    However rare—rare it be;
    And when I crumble, who will remember
    This lady of the West Country?''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. Here lies a most beautiful lady (l. 5-8). OBEV. Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Do diddle di do,
    Poor Jim Jay
    Got stuck fast
    In Yesterday.''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. Jim Jay (l. 1-4). SD. Sprints and Distances; Sports in Poetry and the Poetry in Sport. Lillian Morrison, comp. (1965) Thomas Y. Crowell Company.
  • ''It's a very odd thing—
    As odd as can be—
    That whatever Miss T. eats
    Turns into Miss T.;''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. Miss T. (l. 1-4). FaBoBe. Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.
  • '''What is the world, O soldiers?
    It is I,
    I, this incessant snow,
    This northern sky;''
    Walter De La Mare (1873-1956), British poet. Napoleon (l. 1-4). NOBE. New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.

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Wanderers

Wide are the meadows of night,
And daisies are shinng there,
Tossing their lovely dews,
Lustrous and fair;

And through these sweet fields go,
Wanderers amid the stars --
Venus, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune,
Saturn, Jupiter, Mars.

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