I like the fact that de la Mare and Stevenson do not patronize the children for whom they write. (The same is true of Christina Rossetti.) I also like the fact that "Escape at Bedtime" and "Wanderers" could be mistaken for "adult poems" if one encountered them outside the context of a book of "children's verse." (This is true of a great many of the "children's poems" written by de la Mare, Stevenson, and Rossetti.) Of course, modern ironists might scoff at this latter assertion, but they have ironized themselves out of Beauty and Truth long ago, haven't they? Alas, there is no hope for them, so knowing and so undeceived. Their World is disenchanted.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
… First Known When Lost: Enchanted Or Disenchanted, Part Six: The Stars, The Planets, And The Wind.