Ophelia by DE LA MARE, Walter



Ophelia, poem of the week for February 25, 2007; read here by twelve of our readers. This was published in 1920 in Collected Poems 1901-1918 by Walter De la Mare. Ophelia loved Hamlet, was repulsed by him, and went insane. She drowned in a stream, gathering flowers of remembrance. This is one of a number of poems that De La Mare wrote about Shakespeare characters. (Summary by Peter Yearsley)