Poems

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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 ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156027694
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 395,529
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 5.24 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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C. S. Lewis

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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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Music

    Buy a CD. Put it in. Get an i pod. Listen. To the joy saddness anger displesure. Of life. Dad says im luckey. If youre girlfreand left you without warning beacuse she moved. Or youre real dad died. Or you have deppresion. Is that happieness? So i listen to music. My only family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    My story. My love. Your falt.

    Once i caught a look at you, i knew it was ment to be. For i saw kindness in your eyes as i said hello. I should've known from the start that he would break my heart. I felt as if all of my pain vanished when you hugged me good bye on the last day of school. But now i feel as if im torn to bits, now that i found out. The side of you i never knew and the things you said that were never true. I wanted to throw you off a cliff...then race to the bottom the cetch you. Now all i want to do is see you alone and broken. You wonder why i went from loveing flowers to loveing hate and death. You never seem to realize thats its your falt that im like this. As i see you loveing that girl. I smile and think, 'good luck. Dont be surprised if he leaves you' then walk away. And never look back. 9-22-13, 12:17 pm. Srry if i made you feel bad. I hand you a cookie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    To: a fathers guilt

    That was amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    To lexi

    Thst msd me cry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Jade

    My poem 'player.' Has been moved to 'bad memories' all res with many of my other poems

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Faithful emotion

    Listening to the creatures of the night. A small sound as a the masq<_>utoes bite. Glistening still are the stars above. Much softer than her porcelain glove. A cool breeze of calm night air. Stre<_>aking softly against her lo<_>vely brown hair. Breath in deeply young child. For soon it will become cou<_>rsely wild.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Cry

    Reaches for her razor, its edge smooth and keen, her screams are unheard, but her scars will be seen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    THE DEATH OF SMAUG ((HOBBIT POEM))

    In dragon's halls |
    Brim-filled with gold •
    A hobbit marches |
    Feeling cold •
    Confronts the dragon |
    Then runs away •
    He can be slain |
    Another day •
    His name is Smaug |
    His soul is rotten •
    His legacy |
    Never forgotten •
    He flies in rage |
    Towards the Lake-Town •
    He burns amost |
    The buildings down •
    A hero rises |
    From the debris •
    Spots the dragon |
    Nocks arrows three •
    One hits mark |
    In dragon's chest •
    Black arrow lost |
    It was his best •
    Now Smaug is dead |
    Peace in land •
    All because of |
    One man •
    ~H@WK F0LK!N

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Okay

    Read sample

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    Inspiring

    An amazing display of Lewis's range and genius. His knack for description brings an awe-inspiring life to his poetry. Very good for light reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2001

    Prayer

    Lewis' poem 'Prayer' is truly inspiring and life-changing . . . God spoke through this man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    not that great

    I was dissapointed by Lewis' poems. true, their range was one of the largest i've seen (from sci-fi to christian poems), but most were dull and just didn't live up to his reputation. i'd say stick with his fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2010

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