Read by Ghizela Rowe, Richard Mitchley & Gideon Wagner (Unabridged: 1hr 6mins)
Charlotte Mary Mew was born on 15th November, 1869 in London to professional parents – her father was responsible for the design of Hampstead Town Hall.
Charlotte, one of seven children; three of whom died in early childhood, was educated at Lucy Harrison's School for Girls and attended lectures at University College, London.
In 1898 her father died but failed to make provision for the family. Her mother, anxious about the family's social standing, did not want that known even though there was heavy ongoing expense for two other siblings who were in mental institutions..
However for Charlotte helping to support this overhead and her mother and sister, Anne, meant that her ambition to be a paid writer must now become a reality. Initially this meant prose - her poetry was to gestate until later in life.
During this time Charlotte and Anne made a pact never to marry for fear of passing on insanity to their children.
As a writer Charlotte was a modernist, resisting the shackles of Victorian society's suffocating demands on behaviour especially for women. Despite her diminutive figure and dainty feet, she wore trousers, kept her hair short, smoked roll ups, was a Lesbian and tried to appear masculine.
Her difficult family life, although her close relationship with Anne was a constant source of comfort and companionship until her death in 1927, was coupled with rejection in her personal life but also provided inspiration for her wonderfully insightful and original poetry that you can read here.
Despite her fans including Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf and Siegfried Sassoon, Charlotte's works have been shamefully neglected. With your help we hope to put that right with this collection of her best poems.
Charlotte Mew died on 24th March in 1928 and was buried at Hampstead Cemetery.
In this compilation -
|01 - The Poetry of Charlotte Mew - An Introduction
|02 - The Farmer's Bride by Charlotte Mew
|03 - Madeline in Church by Charlotte Mew
|04 - The Voice by Charlotte Mew
|05 - Ken by Charlotte Mew
|06 - Moorland Night by Charlotte Mew
|07 - The Trees Are Down by Charlotte Mew
|08 - In the Fields by Charlotte Mew
|09 - I So Like Spring by Charlotte Mew
|10 - The Forest Road by Charlotte Mew
|11 - On the Asylum Road by Charlotte Mew
|12 - On the Road to the Sea by Charlotte Mew
|13 - Sea Love by Charlotte Mew
|14 - Pecheresse by Charlotte Mew
|15 - Monsieur Qui Passe by Charlotte Mew
|16 - A Quoi Bon Dire by Charlotte Mew
|17 - My Heart is Lame by Charlotte Mew
|18 - The Fete by Charlotte Mew
|19 - Fin de Fete by Charlotte Mew
|20 - The Sunlit House by Charlotte Mew
|21 - Not For That City by Charlotte Mew
|22 - May 1915 Charlotte Mew
|23 - The Centoaph by Charlotte Mew
|24 - In Nunhead Cemetery by Charlotte Mew