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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).


(Photo: BBC).

  • Author

    Cecil Day-Lewis. (1904 - 1972). British.
  • Work

    Poet. Translator. Author of A Time to Dance (1935).
  • Genre

    Left-wing poetry in 1930s.


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