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Charlotte Mew is best known and regarded as an early twentieth century poet, though she also published a few short stories and essays. Her poems, often dramatic monologues, are haunted by unrequited love, the renunciation of passion, and death. Subtle experiment with form and metre is discernible in their unusually long lines, the frequent use of monosyllables, mixed metres, and repeated, irregular rhymes. Charlotte Mew's work was admired by several poets of her day, notably Thomas Hardy, with whom she shares an affinity for harsh rural settings and socially isolated characters. Despite the enthusiasm of both initial and recent critics, her poetic achievements remain under-recognised.
15 November 1869 Charlotte Mew was born at 10 Doughty Street,Mecklenburgh Square, in Bloomsbury, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1901 CM's first published poems, two anonymous 'V. R. I.' sonnets, appeared in Temple Bar following Queen Victoria's death. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 February 1912 CM's best-known poem, "The Farmer's Bride", was published in the Nation. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 March 1928 CM died after drinking half a bottle of the disinfectant lysol. Bibliographic Citation link.
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