Cecil Day-Lewis

[Nicholas Blake] ((1904-1972) / Queen's County, Ireland)

Cecil Day-Lewis
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Cecil Day-Lewis (or Day Lewis), (27 April 1904 – 22 May 1972) was an Anglo-Irish poet and the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. He is the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis.

In his autobiography The Buried Day (1960), he wrote "As a writer I do not use the hyphen in my surname -- a piece of inverted snobbery which has produced rather mixed results . . . ." more »

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  • Vicky Hampton (1/5/2018 4:23:00 AM)

    Not a comment on C Day Lewis, but on the poems listed here...
    No 4, 'Untitled', has the same poem as No 3, 'Come, live with me and be my love'.
    Would love to know what the poet ACTUALLY wrote under his 'Untitled' title!

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Best Poem of Cecil Day-Lewis

A Hard Frost

A frost came in the night and stole my world
And left this changeling for it - a precocious
Image of spring, too brilliant to be true:
White lilac on the window-pane, each grass-blade
Furred like a catkin, maydrift loading the hedge.
The elms behind the house are elms no longer
But blossomers in crystal, stems of the mist
That hangs yet in the valley below, amorphous
As the blind tissue whence creation formed.

The sun looks out and the fields blaze with diamonds
Mockery spring, to lend this bridal gear
For a few hours to a raw country maid,
Then leave ...

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