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"Scarecrow" - Walter de la Mare

A presentation about the poet Walter de la Mare and specifically about his poem "Scarecrow".

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on 10 May 2011

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"Scarecrow" - Walter de la Mare Walter de la Mare was born in Carlton, Kent in 1873 and went to school at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School in London. He started working at the early age of sixteen in the statistics department of Anglo-American Oil. He married in 1899 and had four children. With such a large family, he struggled financialy until, in 1908 when he received a Civil List pension. This enabled him to concentrate on writing poetry. The Author - Walter de la Mare Walter de la Mare was a person who greatly appreciated the innocence and freedom of childhood. His first book was a collection of poems called 'Songs of Childhood'. It appeared in 1902. In a lecture on Rupert Brooke (an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets), de la Mare described children as "contemplatives, solitaries, fakirs who sink again and again out of the noise and fever of existence and into a waking vision." http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=7067 All winter through I bow my head
beneath the driving rain;
the North Wind powders me with snow
and blows me black again;
at midnight 'neath a maze of stars
I flame with glittering rime,
and stand above the stubble, stiff
as mail at morning-prime.
But when that child called Spring, and all
his host of children come,
scattering their buds and dew upon
these acres of my home,
some rapture in my rags awakes;
I lift void eyes and scan
the sky for crows, those ravening foes,
of my strange master, Man.
I watch him striding lank behind
his clashing team, and know
soon will the wheat swish body high
where once lay a sterile snow;
soon I shall gaze across a sea
of sun-begotten grain,
which my unflinching watch hath sealed
for harvest once again. extended personification imagery alliteration "Scarecrow" speaker While many people liked the way Walter de la Mare's poetry explored the imagination, his poetry also had many critics. Some said that it was too much like children's rhymes and verses and couldn't be taken seriously. However, his fans thought his poetry was playful and youthful. In the London Mercury J. B. Priestly favorably concluded in 1924 that de la Mare is "one of that most lovable order of artists who never lose sight of their childhood, but re-live it continually in their work and contrive to find expression for their maturity in it, memories and impressions, its romantic vision of the world." Other Poems by Walter de la Mare I heard a horseman
Ride over the hill;
The moon shone clear,
The night was still;
His helm was silver,
And pale was he;
And the horse he rode
Was of ivory. The Horseman Hide and Seek Hide and seek, says the Wind,
In the shade of the woods;
Hide and seek, says the Moon,
To the hazel buds;
Hide and seek, says the Cloud,
Star on to star;
Hide and seek, says the Wave,
At the harbour bar;
Hide and seek, say I,
To myself, and step
Out of the dream of Wake
Into the dream of Sleep. Summer Evening The sandy cat by the Farmer's chair
Mews at his knee for dainty fare;
Old Rover in his moss-greened house
Mumbles a bone, and barks at a mouse
In the dewy fields the cattle lie
Chewing the cud 'neath a fading sky
Dobbin at manger pulls his hay:
Gone is another summer's day. Interpretation of Poems In Walter de la Mare's poems readers can tell that he comes from the part of England with countryside and farms. Many of his poems talk about farmland and small towns. An example of a poem that is like that would be "Summer Evening." This poem describes a summer evening in on a farm. There is a cat sitting on a porch by a chair that belongs to a farmer. The farmers dog lazily lays in his house chewing on a bone. This poem, like many of Walter de la Mare's other poems, is very descriptive. Living in Nebraska, it is very easy to relate to the environment in alot of his poems.
In some of his other poems Walter de la Mare's strong imagination shines through. "The Horseman" is one of those poems. In this poem it talks about a knight in shining armor riding on a white horse. Poetryarchive. "Walter De La Mare." Poetry Archive. 2005. Web. 01 May 2011. <http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=7067>. Oldpoetry. "The Scarecrow by Walter De La Mare at Old Poetry." Oldpoetry - Classical Poetry Discussion. 2008. Web. 01 May 2011. <http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/35087-Walter-de-la-Mare-The-Scarecrow>. . Poetryfoundation. "Walter De La Mare." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, 2011. Web. 01 May 2011. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/walter-de-la-mare>. Ambleside. "AO Walter De La Mare Poems AmblesideOnline.org." Ambleside Online. Ambleside Online, 2002. Web. 01 May 2011.<http://www.amblesideonline.org/WalterDeLaMare.shtml>. Citations -I flame with glittering rime -midnight 'neath a maze of stars -wheat swish body high -sun-begotten grain -blows me black again -mail at morning-prime -rapture in my rags awakes -which my unflinching watch -my strange master, Man -stand above the stubble, stiff -soon I shall gaze across a sea 1.)The author - Walter de la Mare
2.)Other poems by the author and poem interpretation
3.)Dissection of the poem "Scarecrow" - Walter de la Mare 1.)The author Walter de la Mare
2.)Other poems by the author and poem interpretation
3.)Dissection of the poem "Scarecrow" by Walter de la Mare
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