Walter de la Mare


The poet from Britain and novelist loved the magical world of imagination but for 18 years he had an ordinary job as a bookkeeper for an oil company He did wright during his lunch hours and every night before he went to bed he read one of his poems from lunch to his four children In 1908 the British government gave him a grant that let him retire at the age of 35 and write full time for the rest of his life

Example poem


Slowly silently now the moon walks the night in her silver shoon this way and that she peers and sees silver fruit upon silver trees one by one the casements catch her beams beneath the silvery thatch couched in his kennel like a log with paws of a silver sleeps the dog from their shadowy coat the white breasts peep of doves in a silvery feathered sleep a harvest mouse goes scampering by with silver claws and silver eye and moveless fish in the water gleam by silver reeds in a silver stream