Complete Poems

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Random House, Mar 31, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 768 pages
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Together with Auden, Spender and MacNeice, C. Day Lewis was one of the leading young poets who in the 1930s broke away from the poetic establishment of those days. Day Lewis started writing poetry very young and, despite an active career which embraced schoolmastering , journalism, publishing, academic lecturing and the writing of detective stories, his devotion to poetry never wavered. Always prolife, he continued to write to the end of his days, so that when he died in 1972, having held the Chair of Poetry at Oxford from 1951 and 1956 and having been appointed Poet Laureate in 1968, he left behind a very large and varied body of work.
Here, for the first time, are all the poems Day Lewis wrote, including the vers d'occasion which have never previously appeared in book form and a number of works which have only been published in a limited edition before now.

 

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Contents

On the Sea Wall
Ewig
All Gone
The Neurotic
Two Travellers
Seen From The Train
Outside and In
The Misfit

In a Wood
Songs of Sirens
Words
A Rune for Anthony John
Fairy to Children
Song of Fairies
Tapestries
Lost
Lines from the French
No Meaner Quest
Late Summer
DreamMaker
Once in Arcady
A Forest Piece
Lines from Catullus
Sanctuary
An April Mood
Eve
He Thanks Earth for his Beloved
The Fisher
COUNTRY COMETS
Prelude
Autumn of the Mood
Sun and Waterfall
Cyprian Cyprian
Naked Woman with Kotyle
Haven in Ithaca
Magicians in Dorset
From the Waters of Loch Linnhe
The ShadowPimp
It is the True Star
Between Hush and Hush
A Second Narcissus
From a Street in Chelsea
The only Pretty RingTime
Under the Willow
III
Photograph of a Bacchante
At Greenlanes
My Love came to Me
III
Wreck near Ballinacarig
Arcadian
To his Mistress
The Perverse
Apologue
TRANSITIONAL POEM
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
NOTES
FROM FEATHERS TO IRON
1
2
4
5
6
8
9
10
12
13
15
16
17
18
19
21
22
23
24
26
27
28
29
Epilogue
THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN
PART ONE
PART TWO
PART THREE
PART FOUR
A TIME TO DANCE
Learning to Talk
Moving In
The Conflict
Losers
In Me Two Worlds
A Warning to those who Live on Mountains
Johnny HeadInAir
The Ecstatic
Poem for an Anniversary
Sonnet
Two Songs
A Carol
A Time to Dance
Epilogue
NOAH AND THE WATERS
AUTHORS FOREWORD
Prologue
OVERTURES TO DEATH
Maple and Sumach
February 1936
Bombers
A Parting Shot
Newsreel
Regency Houses
Landscapes
SexCrime
The Bells that Signed
A Happy View
Overtures to Death
2
3
4
5
6
7
When they have Lost
In the Heart of Contemplation
Sonnet for a Political Worker
Questions
The Volunteer
The Nabara1
Spring Song
Night Piece
The Three CloudMaidens
Behold the Swan
Song
The Escapist
Passage from Childhood
SelfCriticism and Answer
WORD OVER ALL
PART ONE
The Lighted House
The Album
The Hunters Game
Departure in the Dark
Cornet Solo
O Dreams O Destinations
3
6
8
PART TWO
Word Over All
The Image
The Poet
It Would Be Strange
The Assertion
Watching Post
The StandTo
Where are the War Poets?
Angel
Airmen Broadcast
Lidice
Ode to Fear
The Dead
Reconciliation
Will it be so again?
PART THREE
The Innocent
One and One
Windy Day in August
After the Storm
Fame
Jig
Hornpipe
The Fault
The Rebuke
POEMS 19431947
The Double Vision
Juvenilia
Sketches for a SelfPortrait
Marriage of Two
Married Dialogue
The Woman Alone
3
Ending
Heart and Mind
A Failure
The Unwanted
The Sitting
Late Minoan
The Revenant
The HouseWarming
Meeting
The Heartsease
Is it far to go?1
New Years Eve
Emily Brontë
Birthday Poem for Thomas Hardy
Who Goes There?
Lines for Edmund Blunden on his Fiftieth Birthday
Buzzards Over Castle Hill
A Hard Frost
The Christmas Tree
The Chrysanthemum Show
Two Songs
Minor Tragedy
In the Shelter
Two Translations
AN ITALIAN VISIT1
Dialogue at the Airport
Flight to Italy
A Letter from Rome
PART FOUR
Bus to Florence
PART FIVE
Works of Art
Luca Delia Robbia
Donatello
Leonardo
Piero di Cosimo
Verrocchio
PART SIX
At Settignano
PART SEVEN
The Homeward Prospect
PEGASUS
Pegasus
Psyche
Baucis and Philemon
Ariadne on Naxos
A Riddle
Seasonable Thoughts for Intellectuals
The Committee
The Wrong Road
The Pest
Almost Human
George Meredith 1861
The Mirror
Love and Pity
The Tourists
In Memory of Dylan Thomas
Elegiac Sonnet
Final Instructions
The House Where I Was Born
Father to Sons1
Son and Father
Christmas Eve
The Years O
Lot 961
Time to Go1
On a Dorset Upland
Dedham Vale Easter 1954
The Great Magicians
Moods of Love
3
5
7
9
Last Words
THE GATE
Bread and Wine
The Gate
View From An Upper Window1
The Newborn
Sheepdog Trials in Hyde Park
Circus Lion
Getting Warm Getting Cold
Walking Away
This Young Girl1
Travelling Light
Things
An Episode
A Loss
A Meeting
An Upland Field1
The Disabused
Not Proven
Winds Eye
In Loving Memory
Edward Elgar
Ideal Home
3
Fisherman andor Fish
The Antique Heroes
The Graves of Academe
Said the Old Codger
The Unexploded Bomb
The Christmas Rose
Requiem for the Living1
THE ROOM
FABLES AND CONFESSIONS
The Room
On Not Saying Everything
The Way In
The Passion for Diving
Derelict
Saint Anthonys Shirt
Days before a Journey
Fishguard to Rosslare
The Hieroglyph
Seven Steps in Love
II
III
V
VI
The Fox
The Romantics
Stephanotis
The Dam
An Operation
OTHERS
Who Goes Home?
II
III
Pietŕ1
Elegy for a Woman Unknown
II
III
Young Chekhov
The Widow Interviewed
For Rex Warner On His Sixtieth Birthday
My Mothers Sister1
Madrigal for Lowell House1
This Loafer
Greenwich Park
Terns
Apollonian Figure
A Relativist
Moral
The Voyage
II
IV
V
VII
VIII
THE WHISPERING ROOTS
The House Where I Was Born
Ballintubbert House Co Laois1
Golden Age Monart Co Wexford1
Avoca Co Wicklow
Near Ballyconneely Co Galway
Land
Easter Sunday 1966
Remembering Con Markievicz1
Lament for Michael Collins
Ass in Retirement
Beauty Show Clifden Co Galway
Harebells over Mannin Bay
At Old Head Co Mayo
Sailing from Cleggan
Ballintubber Abbey Co Mayo1
An Ancestor
Goldsmith outside Trinity
The Whispering Roots
Some Beautiful Morning
A Skull Picked Clean
All Souls Night
Hero and Saint
Sunday Afternoon
A Privileged Moment
A Picture by Renoir
A Tuscan Villa
Merrygoround
Philosophy Lectures1
After an Encaenia
Tenure
Epitaph for a DrugAddict
A Marriage Song
At East Coker
POSTHUMOUS POEMS
Early Morning1
Masaccio1
My Méséglise Way
Snowfall on a College Garden
Three Little Pictures
Reflections 1
Reflections 2
Poets uncage the Word
A Christmas Way
Plus Ultra1
Recurring Dream
Going My Way?
Philhellene1
Remembering Carrownisky1
Children Leaving Home1
At Lemmons1
VERS DOCCASION
Then and Now1
Hail Teesside1
Old Vic 181819681
Feed My Little Ones1
In a Library1
For the Investiture of the Prince of Wales1
Battle of Britain1
Keep Faith with Nature1
Beethoven 177019701
St Pauls Old and New1
Hymn for Shakespeares Birthday1
Another Day1
A Short Dirge for St Trinians1
Cat
Tuscany1
Keats 182119711
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C. Day Lewis was born in Ireland ( and always cherished his Irish background) in 1904, and was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford. On leaving Oxford in 1927 he taught at various schools in England and Scotland until 1935, when he abandoned schoolmastering for good. By then he had published half a dozen volumes of verse, of which From Feathers to Iron and The Magnetic Mountain formed the basis of his reputation as one of the significant poets of the thirties. In 1946 he was invited to give the Clark Lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, and from 1951-6 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Two years later he became Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature. He was Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard in 1964-5 and held the Compton Lectureship in Poetry at Hull University. During all this time he continued steadily to write poetry. In 1968 he was appointed Poet Laureate, but tragically died of cancer only four years later.

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