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A collection of Lewis's shorter poetry on a wide range of subjects-God and the pagan deities, unicorns and spaceships, nature, love, age, and reason: "Idea poems which reiterate themes known to have occupied Lewis's ingenious and provocative mind" (Clyde S. Kilby, New York Times Book Review).
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A collection of Lewis's shorter poetry on a wide range of subjects-God and the pagan deities, unicorns and spaceships, nature, love, age, and reason: "Idea poems which reiterate themes known to have occupied Lewis's ingenious and provocative mind" (Clyde S. Kilby, New York Times Book Review).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156722483
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/5/1977
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

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 .

Biography

C. S. Lewis was famous both as a fiction writer and as a Christian thinker, and his biographers and critics sometimes divide his personality in two: the storyteller and the moral educator, the "dreamer" and the "mentor." Yet a large part of Lewis's appeal, for both his audiences, lay in his ability to fuse imagination with instruction. "Let the pictures tell you their own moral," he once advised writers of children's stories. "But if they don't show you any moral, don't put one in. ... The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author's mind."

Storytelling came naturally to Lewis, who spent the rainy days of his childhood in Ireland writing about an imaginary world he called Boxen. His first published novel, Out of the Silent Planet, tells the story of a journey to Mars; its hero was loosely modeled on his friend and fellow Cambridge scholar J.R.R. Tolkien. Lewis enjoyed some popularity for his Space Trilogy (which continues in Perelandra and That Hideous Strength), but nothing compared to that which greeted his next imaginative journey, to an invented world of fauns, dwarfs, and talking animals -- a world now familiar to millions of readers as Narnia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book of the seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia, began as "a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood," according to Lewis. Years after that image first formed in his mind, others bubbled up to join it, producing what Kate Jackson, writing in Salon, called "a fascinating attempt to compress an almost druidic reverence for wild nature, Arthurian romance, Germanic folklore, the courtly poetry of Renaissance England and the fantastic beasts of Greek and Norse mythology into an entirely reimagined version of what's tritely called 'the greatest story ever told.'"

The Chronicles of Narnia was for decades the world's bestselling fantasy series for children. Although it was eventually superseded by Harry Potter, the series still holds a firm place in children's literature and the culture at large. (Narnia even crops up as a motif in Jonathan Franzen's 2001 novel The Corrections). Its last volume appeared in 1955; in that same year, Lewis published a personal account of his religious conversion in Surprised by Joy. The autobiography joined his other nonfiction books, including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce, as an exploration of faith, joy and the meaning of human existence.

Lewis's final work of fiction, Till We Have Faces, came out in 1956. Its chilly critical reception and poor early sales disappointed Lewis, but the book's reputation has slowly grown; Lionel Adey called it the "wisest and best" of Lewis's stories for adults. Lewis continued to write about Christianity, as well as literature and literary criticism, for several more years. After his death in 1963, The New Yorker opined, "If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels."

Good To Know

The imposing wardrobe Lewis and his brother played in as children is now in Wheaton, Illinois, at the Wade Center of Wheaton College, which also houses the world's largest collection of Lewis-related documents, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

The 1994 movie, Shadowlands, based on the play of the same name, cast Anthony Hopkins as Lewis. It tells the story of his friendship with, and then marriage to, an American divorcee named Joy Davidman (played by Debra Winger), who died of cancer four years after their marriage. Lewis's own book about coping with that loss, A Grief Observed, was initially published under the pseudonym N. W. Clerk.

Several poems, stories, and a novel fragment published after Lewis's death have come under scrutiny as possible forgeries. On one side of the controversy is Walter Hooper, a trustee of Lewis's estate and editor of most of his posthumous works; on the other is Kathryn Lindskoog, a Lewis scholar who began publicizing her suspicions in 1988. Scandal or kooky conspiracy theory? The verdict's still out among readers.

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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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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