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Songs of Childhood   By: (1873-1956)

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Songs of Childhood by Walter De la Mare is a delightful collection of poems that captures the essence of childhood and the magic of imagination. The book is divided into several sections, each exploring different facets of the world from a child's perspective.

One of the standout features of this collection is De la Mare's ability to evoke vivid imagery through his beautiful and lyrical language. His words effortlessly transport the readers to a world of dreams, wonder, and enchantment. Whether describing the beauty of nature or creating fantastical scenarios, the author's poetic prowess shines through in every verse.

The poems in Songs of Childhood are filled with whimsy, innocence, and nostalgia. They capture the innocence and curiosity of children, celebrating the small joys and wonders that often go unnoticed by adults. From the joy of playing in the rain to the excitement of exploring new places, De la Mare beautifully captures these universal experiences, reminding readers of the magic and simplicity of childhood.

The collection also touches on deeper themes, such as the passing of time and the fleeting nature of youth. While some poems exude a sense of wistfulness, they are not burdened by melancholy. Instead, they serve as gentle reminders to cherish our fleeting moments and appreciate the world around us.

Songs of Childhood is a timeless collection that will resonate with readers of all ages. De la Mare's ability to tap into the essence of childhood and communicate it through his enchanting words is truly captivating. This book serves as a reminder to slow down, embrace our inner child, and find joy in the simple pleasures of life. Whether you are a parent looking for a book to share with your child or an adult seeking a nostalgic journey back to your own childhood, this collection is sure to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.

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Songs of Childhood

by Walter Ramal [Walter de la Mare]

with a preface for the Garland edition by

Anthony Hecht

Garland Publishing, Inc., New York & London


Bibliographical note:

This facsimile has been made from a copy in the Beinecke Library of Yale University. (Iq.D373.902)

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data De La Mare, Walter John, 1873 1956. Songs of childhood.

(Classics of children's literature, 1621 1932)

Reprint of the 1902 ed. published by Longmans, Green, London, New York.

"Walter de la Mare (1873 1956), bibliography of his books for children": p.

SUMMARY: A collection of forty seven poems about subjects and experiences familiar to children.

[1. English poetry] I. Title. II. Series. [PR6007.E3S6 1976] 821'.9'12 75 32200 ISBN 0 8240 2310 2

Printed in the United States of America


The Romantic poets rediscovered a pastoral and Biblical dream: that a child was the most innocent and the wisest of us all. Wordsworth hailed him as "Mighty Prophet! Seer blest!" And in the next generation Victorian novelists took that dream seriously enough to make children the heroes and heroines of their most searching fictions. There had been no "children's literature" to speak of before, except for the oral and "popular" tradition, including lullabies and Mother Goose , some of which go back as far as Tudor and even medieval times... Continue reading book >>

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