Sir Stephen Harold Spender was an English poet, novelist and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. He was appointed the seventeenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the United States Library of Congress in 1965.
Spender was born in Kensington, London, to journalist, Edward Harold Spender and Violet Hilda Schuster, a painter and poet. He went first to Hall School in Hampstead and then at thirteen to Gresham's School, Holt and later Charlecote School in Worthing, but was unhappy there. On the death of his mother he was transferred to University College School ... more »
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- I Think Continually
- An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum
- A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map
- The Pylons
- O Night O Trembling Night
- A Childhood
- On The Third Day
- The Trance
- The Room Above the Square
- Ultima Ratio Regum
- The Landscape near an Aerodrome
- On The Pilots Who Destroyed Germany In T...
- The Shapes of Death
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''Far far from gusty waves, these children's faces.Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (l. 1-2). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7t...
Like rootless weeds the torn hair round their paleness.''
''Unless, governor, teacher inspector, visitor,Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (l. 25-28). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (...
This map becomes their window and these windows
That open on their lives like crouching tombs
Break, O break open,''
''Surely Shakespeare is wicked, the map a bad exampleStephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (l. 17-18). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (...
With ships and sun and love tempting them to steal''
''On their slag heap, these childrenStephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (l. 20-22). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (...
Wear skins peeped through by bones and spectacles of steel
With mended glass, like bottle bits in slag.''
''I think continually of those who were truly great.Stephen Spender (1909-1995), British poet. I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature,...
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul's history
Through corridors of light where the hours are suns,
Endless and singing.''
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