Talk:Walter de la Mare

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James Thomson disambiguation[edit]

Which James Thomson is referred to? James Thomson (Seasons) or James Thomson (B.V.)? WouterVH 22:44, 14 May 2005 (UTC)

The Imagination[edit]

Fascinating ideas, completely unfootnoted. Which of de la Mare's works did this theory of childhood imagination come from? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:13, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

Three years later but this section is almost unchanged, diff 13 Aug 2009 to 11 Nov 2012 (before my visit).
True, there is no Reference footnote except for the seemingly unrelated closing sentence which I have now tagged {clarify} because it seems out of place.
Today same as three years ago, we cite the lecture "Rupert Brooke and the Intellectual Imagination" without providing any composition, delivery, or publication date. Previous editors may have relied entirely on quotation and discussion of the lecture in McCrosson (1966). --That's a guess about a source I haven't seen. Today same as three years ago, it's the only other work cited.
Today I have refashioned the section mainly by relegating one paragraph to an explanatory footnote, Note [a]. Superscript [a] appears twice, at those two points where the Rupert Brooke lecture was previously mentioned. We need to learn and make clear whether WdlM's lecture and/or McCrosson is a source for all of the material short of the closing sentence about Aiken.
--P64 (talk) 00:31, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Reginald Scot?[edit]

Would the "Reginald Scot" referred to here be Reginald Scott, 16th-century author of the banned-and-burned "A Discovery of Witchcraft", which explained how witches didn't exist and it was all really just prestidigitation? DS 13:04, 29 July 2005 (UTC)

Personal comment[edit]

"(though not necessarily justly so)" - isn't this striding rather clumsily into the realm of literary criticism? If he's remembered for writing for children, that's how he's remembered. "Hitler is remembered mainly for killing a lot of people (though not necessarily justly so)."

Come Hither[edit]

It seems to me that devoting such a large portion of this article to a single anthology—in a section that consists mainly of an absurdly long list of authors represented in the work—is unwise and detracts from the encyclopedic tone of the article. Surely such an attractive writer, about whom much more could be said, deserves better treatment. Is there anyone who agrees with me? I'm reluctant to delete this section and expand the article in other directions without some support from other editors. Deor 03:00, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

Go for it. The vast list of names is dreadful and should go asap. If people want to do something like that then they should start an entry for it and listify it but it has no place here and the entry suffers badly for its presence. I think most reasonable people would say for you to go ahead and take it out and expand the entry. (Emperor 18:06, 30 March 2007 (UTC))
Yes, very true. Also they should dedicate a little more to his lifetime, there is only a single paragraph. (THOM) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:06, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Walter de la Mare[edit]

This article does not say much of the poet himself, and his personal life.--Yamenah 18:10, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

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(The first shows only his son, not him.) I will make a lead picture out of one of these. Dcoetzee 23:31, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

Use of "About the Author" as a biographical source (plagiarism?)[edit]

Passages in this biography match the retrospective online citation of Walter de la Mare and Collected Stories for Children for the 1947 Carnegie Medal.

  • [ref name=medal1947] (Carnegie Winner 1947). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

The crucial section of the award citation has the heading "About the Author". That is commonly used in a published book as a heading in the front or back material or on the cover or dustjacket. Perhaps "About the Author" in some print edition of Collected Stories for Children is the unacknowledged source for both this biography and that award citation.

(One may guess that we have plagiarised the CILIP awards website. In this case I don't think so. After poking around for an hour I have several grounds for doubt but I'll mention only that we did not mention the 1947 Carnegie Medal until my editorial session 15 August 2012, while the offending biographical material is at least partly six years older.)

--P64 (talk) 00:00, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

The Marionettes[edit]

The Marionettes is a poem and has been published in the volume Motley and Other Poems (1918). According to: [1] Can anybody confirm that or is there different evidence? LK. (talk) 17:35, 5 October 2016 (UTC)


  1. ^ De la Mare, Walter. 1969. The complete poems of Walter de la Mare. London: Faber.
Yes, if you can see this Google Books image, you'll see that it appeared on pages 53–54 of Motley and Other Poems. It has been collected in other volumes of De la Mare's poetry, as well. Deor (talk) 20:33, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

Ariel poems[edit]

The Snowdrop does rate a mention since I am referencing it on another page (Galanthus).--Michael Goodyear (talk) 00:55, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

Incidentally, the Walter de la Mare Society lists it under Children's stories--Michael Goodyear (talk) 00:57, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
They also list it under "Poetry Primarily for Adults". Clearly, they made a mistake in this instance. Deor (talk) 01:09, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
And the Cambridge Bibliography lists it under poetry. Anyway the Ariel Poems do rate a mention - there were five altogether --Michael Goodyear (talk) 01:34, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

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