John Freeman (poet)

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John Frederick Freeman, (29 January 1880 – 23 September 1929), was an English poet and essayist, who gave up a successful career in insurance to write full-time.

He was born in London, and started as an office boy aged 13. He was a close friend of Walter de la Mare from 1907, who lobbied hard with Edward Marsh to get Freeman into the Georgian Poetry series; with eventual success. De la Mare's biographer Theresa Whistler describes him as "tall, gangling, ugly, solemn, punctilious".

He won the Hawthornden Prize in 1920 with Poems 1909-1920. His Last Hours was set to music by Ivor Gurney.


  • Presage of Victory (1916)
  • Stone Trees (1916)
  • Ancient and Modern Essays in Literary Criticism (1917)
  • Memories of Childhood and other Poems (1919)
  • Poems 1909-1920 (1920)
  • Music (1921)
  • The Grove and Other Poems (1925)
  • Prince Absalom (1925)
  • Collected Poems (1928)
  • Last Poems (1930)

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