Day-Lewis, Cecil. (1904 - 1972).
W o r k
- Poet Laureate (1968 - 1972)
- 1930s: sympathized with Marxism
- 1940s: abandoned the left-wing point of view in his poetry
- 1950s: retreated into a bucolic ideal in his translations of Virgil
The Magnetic Mountain (1933)
A Time to Dance (1935):
> “A Time to Dance”:
- a heroic celebration of the pioneer airmen
> “A Carol”:
- a sardonic lullaby on England suffering under Depression
> “An Address to Death”:
- a socialist poem urging for revolution
> “In Me Two Worlds”:
- an ambiguous poem: the poet finds himself on a battlefield with the past and the future meeting to fight
Overtures to Death (1939)
Poems in Wartime (1940):
> “Regency Houses”:
- the faded elegance of a 19th century terrace as a metaphor for condemned bourgeois society x for the disillusion with revolution
"We’d like to fight but we fear defeat, / We’d like to work but we’re feeling too weak, / We’d like to be sick but we’d get the sack, / We’d like to behave, we’d like to believe, / We’d like to love, but we’ve lost the knack."
From "The Magnetic Mountain" (1933).
AuthorCecil Day-Lewis. (1904 - 1972). British.
WorkPoet. Translator. Author of A Time to Dance (1935).
GenreLeft-wing poetry in 1930s.
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