Narrative Poems

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, Dec 1, 2002 - Poetry - 192 pages
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"You stranger, long before your glance can light
Upon these words, time will have washed away
The moment when I first took pen to write . . ."


An essayist, novelist, and poet, C.S. Lewis combines all of his talents in Narrative Poems. Even when composing his prose works, such as his autobiography Surprised by Joy, Lewis wrote his first drafts in verse, so highly did he think of the narrative poem. Collected here are the four completed poems by Lewis: "Dymer," "Launcelot," "The Nameless Isle," and "The Queen of Drum." Though only "Dymer" was published in his lifetime, these poems display Lewis's deep love for medieval and Renaissance poetry and themes, the influence of which can be seen throughout his fiction.

"If the mode of the fantastic, of elves, hags, castles, and 'damosels clothed in bright pale airy clothes' is . . . for you, then come on in."--The Christian Science Monitor

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This is an interesting perspective for an Lewis fan. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see all sides of this author. Most people read his stories and/or his Christian prose, but few touch on ... Read full review

NARRATIVE POEMS

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Of course Lewis would be drawn to the long narrative: what form could better accommodate the heraldic solemnities of his Christian Romanticism? Oddly enough, he embraced the long poem some years ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
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DYMER
1
LAUNCELOT
93
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C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters , The Four Loves , Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy .

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