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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 7, 2002 - Poetry - 168 pages
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"This is the best--the glorious best--of Lewis. For here, with the gemlike beauty and hardness that poetry alone can achieve, are his ideas about the nature of things that lay behind his writings."--Christianity Today

Known worldwide for his fiction and philosophical essays, C.S. Lewis was just as much a poet as a polemicist. From the age of fourteen, he wrote poetry on just as many subjects as he covered in his prose, and in fact poetry is even present in his other writings, such as the short lyrics included in The Pilgrim's Recess and Till We Have Faces, which began its life as a long poem. Whether writing prose or poetry, Lewis's "wonderful imagination is the guiding thread."

That imagination is on display in Poems, with works covering the many varied subjects Lewis was interested in his whole life, everything from God to nature, love to reason, unicorns to spaceships.

"Take[s] an important place in the Lewis canon."--New York Times Book Review


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User Review  - J. Alfred - Goodreads

Since I read some of Lewis's early poems, I've been saying that he's an indifferent poet at best, probably because it's nice to be able to feel a little bit patronizing even to those we admire ... Read full review

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User Review  - Prudence - Goodreads

I never knew Lewis beyond his most famous works (eg, Narnia Collection, Screwtape Letters). I happened to find this collection of poems at a used book store and was thrilled to learn he wrote poetry as well. I loved this collection. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) gained international renown for an impressive array of beloved works both popular and scholarly: literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and numerous books on theology. Among his most celebrated achievements are Out of the Silent Planet, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, and Surprised by Joy.

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