‘Behold This Dreamer’

Anne Harvey made a welcome return to the society in September to talk about Walter de la Mare. Member David Tregear gave an interesting talk about this now not so well-known poet although many of us must surely remember the poems learned at school in our youth.

de la mare was an imaginative and creative child who enjoyed walks in the countryside (as it was then) around his south London home. At school he edited the school journal, a task that confirmed his love of books and words.

In adult life he mixed with the foremost minds of th literary scene in pre first world war London, among them Edward Thomas and Eleanor Farjeon.

One of de la Mare’s most famous poems, ‘The Listeners’ was read aloud by the society’s patron Simon Brett.