Laurie Lee

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Though many biographies say that Laurie Lee was born is Slad, his family seems to have moved there when he was three. This move affected him a lot and has been written about in great detail many many years later in Cider with Rosie "I was set down from the carrier's cart at the age of three; and there with a sense of bewilderment and terror my life ...

Laurie Lee Poems


Behold the apples’ rounded worlds:
juice-green of July rain,
the black polestar of flowers, the rind
mapped with its crimson stain.

April Rise

If ever I saw blessing in the air
I see it now in this still early day
Where lemon-green the vaporous morning drips
Wet sunlight on the powder of my eye.

Home From Abroad

Far-fetched with tales of other worlds and ways,
My skin well-oiled with wines of the Levant,
I set my face into a filial smile
To greet the pale, domestic kiss of Kent.

Town Owl

On eves of cold, when slow coal fires,
rooted in basements, burn and branch,
brushing with smoke the city air;
When quartered moons pale in the sky,


The girl's far treble, muted to the heat,
calls like a fainting bird across the fields
to where her flock lies panting for her voice,
their black horns buried deep in marigolds.

Laurie Lee Comments

Sylvia Frances Chan 05 July 2021

Cider with Rosie by this great poet, I cannot find here.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 July 2021

His Cider with Rosie was an immediate best-seller, reaching a wide public with its images of village life from a bygone era of innocence and simplicity. With its success Lee could buy his childhood home in Slad.Wionderful great North American poet!

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Fiona Richardson 15 November 2020

Avril, I can’t find an online version of Summer Rain, but it is in the book Bloom of Candles, now out of print but there are secondhand copies on Abebooks.

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Avril Silk 28 October 2020

I am sure I learned a poem by Laurie Lee called 'Summer Rain' (?) when at school in the 60s, but can fund no trace of it. Does anyone know the poem, please?

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