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Alun Lewis

(1915-1944 / Wales)

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Alun Lewis (1 July 1915 - 5 March 1944), was a poet of the Anglo-Welsh school, and is regarded by many as Britain's finest Second World War poet.

He was born at Cwmaman, near Aberdare in one of the South Wales Valleys, the Cynon Valley, in the South Wales Coalfield. His father was a school teacher and he had a younger sister, Mair. By the time he attended Cowbridge Grammar School, he ... more »

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  • ''but now it is the rain
    Possesses us entirely, the twilight and the rain.''
    Alun Lewis (1915-1944), Welsh poet. All Day It Has Rained (l. 23-24). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (19...
  • ''And we talked of girls, and dropping bombs on Rome,
    And thought of the quiet dead and the loud celebrities
    Exhorting us to slaughter,''
    Alun Lewis (1915-1944), Welsh poet. All Day It Has Rained (l. 17-19). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (19...
  • ''Your kisses close my eyes and yet you stare
    As though God struck a child with nameless fears;''
    Alun Lewis (1915-1944), Welsh poet. Goodbye (l. 17-18). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford ...
  • ''So we must say Goodbye, my darling,
    And go, as lovers go, for ever;
    Tonight remains, to pack and fix on labels
    And make an end of lying down together.''
    Alun Lewis (1915-1944), Welsh poet. Goodbye (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford Un...
  • ''The first month of his absence
    I was numb and sick
    And where he'd left his promise
    Life did not turn or kick.
    The seed, the seed of love was sick.''
    Alun Lewis (1915-1944), Welsh poet. The First Month of His Absence (l. 1-5). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Ab...
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