The poems of one of the great British writers of World War II are compiled in this collection of war poetry whose brilliance and scope transcends its genre. Widely considered the last works in the Romantic style, the poetry is characterized by a vivid realism and emotional power. The poems spans the length of its artist's late adolescence and early adulthood, tracing the dThe poems of one of the great British writers of World War II are compiled in this collection of war poetry whose brilliance and scope transcends its genre. Widely considered the last works in the Romantic style, the poetry is characterized by a vivid realism and emotional power. The poems spans the length of its artist's late adolescence and early adulthood, tracing the developing mastery of the poet and serving as a tragic testament to the lost potential of a literary figure whose accidental death at the age of 28 prevented him from reaching the full height of his artisitic power. Alun Lewis (1915-1944) was one of the few great British writers of the Second World War. His early death at the age of twenty-eight robbed Wales of its most promising poet and story writer. Born and brought up near Aberdare in south Wales, the son of a teacher, he read history at Aberystwyth and Manchester. After a period of unemployment he became a teacher in south Wales, before enlisting in the Royal Engineers in 1940. Although he had been writing since an early age, becoming a soldier had a stimulating effect on Lewis's writing: his first book of poems, Raiders' Dawn, was published in 1942, and The Last Inspection, a collection of stories, appeared in the same year, alerting critics and editors to the arrival of a new war writer. Both books are characterised by vivid realism and emotional power. Later in 1942 Lewis's new regiment, the South Wales Borderers, travelled to India. His experiences there are recreated in the beautiful poems of Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets and the stories and letters of In the Green Tree. On the reputation of these four books Alun Lewis is widely seen, with Keith Douglas, as the outstanding writer of World War Two. Collected Stories reprints the war stories in their entirety for the first time. It also collects stories published in student magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, together with several previously unseen. In bringing together all this material, editor Cary Archard shows Lewis's development from remarkable schoolboy writer to mature and established author whose stories appeared in magazines such as Horizon and Lilliput....
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Collected Poems Reviews
I picked up this collection of Alun Lewis' work while on vacation in Wales, and while I highly enjoyed reading it I also have mixed feelings on it.Alun Lewis' poems are filled with all the things that make people want to write poetry. Lewis clearly looked at the world and saw the beauty of a bird singing or the glory of a sunrise. He also could not look away from the way men age and die, or how war seemed never to end. Lewis' work is full of profound imagery and I think to really get the best idea of how much thought he must have put into it, it must be read aloud. The rhyming is really creative and wonderful. I'm not sure if part of the friction I felt while reading his poetry is because of the time gap between then and now, or if it has to with Wales and the references that he makes, but at times I found him to be long winded. But then I would turn the page and be immersed again. I give this collection four stars because it clearly all has a purpose and has the ability to tug at your soul if read at the right time.
Alun is a poet genius. Last of the romantics and wow, I'm in love! He transfers words into emotion with the Midas touch. One to savour and immerse yourself into, completely.
More people should read him.