'No breath of wind, No gleam of sun Still the white snow Whirls softly down'
Outside, the world turns to white and three children and a dog build a snowman, throw snowballs and explore the frozen expanses
Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. In 1907 he published his first collection of poems he soon established a wide popular reputation with volumes like The Listeners. He wrote poetry and short stories for younger readers; Peacock Pie (1913) is now considered a twentieth-century classic.