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Author: DAY LEWIS, CECIL
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Day Lewis, Cecil    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Blake, Nicolas
177 poems available by this author


A CAROL    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh hush thee, my baby
Last Line: The price of a soul
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


A TIME TO DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: For those had the power
Last Line: Our lives they are evergreen.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Death; Hope; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Optimism


ALBUM       
First Line: I see you, a child
Last Line: Has blossomed again,' she murmurs, 'all that you missed there %has grown to be yours'
Subject(s): Love


ALL GONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea drained off, my poverty's uncovered
Last Line: Revive or drown, a liberating arm!
Subject(s): Truth


ALMOST HUMAN       
First Line: The man you know, assured and king


AS ONE WHO WANDERS INTO OLD WORKINGS    Poem Text    


AS ONE WHO WANDERS INTO OLD WORKINGS       


ASSERTION       
First Line: Now in the face of destruction


BATTLE OF BRITAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: What did we earth-bound make of it? A tangle
Last Line: Their luck, skill, nerve. And they were young like you.
Subject(s): Film (photography); Great Britain - History; World War Ii; English History; Second World War


BIRTHDAY POEM FOR THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is birthday weather for you, dear soul
Last Line: Since you have been.
Subject(s): Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928); Poetry & Poets


BOMBERS       
First Line: Through the vague morning, the heart preoccupied
Last Line: Be condemned to die by the powers you paid for %and haunt the houses you never built?


BUZZARDS OVER CASTLE HILL       
First Line: A world seems to end at the top of this hill


CAN THE MOLE TAKE       


CAROL       
First Line: Oh hush thee, my baby
Last Line: The price of a soul
Subject(s): Christmas


CHILDREN LOOK DOWN UPON THE MORNING-GRAY       


CHORUS       
First Line: Since you have come thus far
Last Line: And believe that beyond this flood a kinder country lies


CHRISTMAS TREE       
First Line: Put out the lights now!
Last Line: If it lives or dies now
Subject(s): Christmas; Environment; Trees


CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW       
First Line: Here's abbey way: here are the rooms
Last Line: But youth's brief agony can blaze %into a posthumous joy


CIRCUS LION       
First Line: Lumbering haunches, pussyfoot tread, a pride of %lions under the arcs
Last Line: Not anger enough left - no, nor despair - %to break his teeth on the bars


COME UP, METHUSELAH       


COMMITTEE       
First Line: So the committee met again, and again
Last Line: That I should have to chairman, secretary, %and all the committee, all the one-man committee
Subject(s): Bureaucracy


DEAD       
First Line: They lie in the sunday street
Last Line: Not I, nor even fate
Variant Title(s): War Poe


DEDICATORY STANZAS       
First Line: Poets are not in much demand these days


DEPARTURE IN THE DARK    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing so sharply reminds a man he is mortal
Last Line: And will be, even to the last of his dark departures.
Subject(s): Exodus From Egypt


DESIRE IS A WITCH    Poem Text    
Last Line: Pandora's privacies
Subject(s): Desire


DESIRE IS A WITCH       
Last Line: Needs no other proof %than its own fire
Subject(s): Desire


DO NOT EXPECT AGAIN A PHOENIX HOUR       
Last Line: Leafy the boughs - they also hide big fruit


DOUBLE VISION       
First Line: The river in this november afternoon


ECSTATIC       
First Line: Lark, skylark, spilling your rubbed and round
Last Line: That estuary drop down to peace
Subject(s): Birds


EMILY BRONTE    Poem Text    
First Line: All is the same still. Earth and heaven locked in
Last Line: And death-rebuking star
Subject(s): Bronte, Emily (1818-1848)


EMILY BRONTE       
First Line: All is the same still. Earth and heaven locked in
Last Line: Over his pain my chaste, my disenchanted %and death-rebukingstar
Subject(s): Bronte, Emily (1818-1848)


ENDING       
First Line: That it should end so


EWIG       
First Line: Multitudes of corn


FAILURE       
First Line: The soil was deep and the field well-sited


FEW THINGS CAN MORE INFLAME       


FLIGHT TO ITALY, SELS.       
First Line: The winged bull trundles to the wired perimeter
Last Line: The neutered terraces subside beneath us


FLIGHT, SELS.       
First Line: And now the earth they has spurned rose up against


FOOTSTEPS       
First Line: Born of my voiceless time, your steps


FOR THE INVESTITURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Today bells ring, bands play, flags are unfurled
Last Line: One song, one prayer—god bless the prince of wales.
Subject(s): Castles; Charles, Prince Of Wales (b. 1948); Courts & Courtiers; Crowns; Happiness; Singing & Singers; Wales; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Joy; Delight; Songs; Welshmen; Welshwomen


FROM FEATHERS TO IRON       
First Line: Suppose that we, to-morrow or the next day


GRAVEYARD BY THE SEA       
First Line: This quiet roof, where dove-sails saunter by


H-- LAUGHTER WAS BETTER THAN BIRDS IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
Last Line: For s/he lives in the earth around us, laughs from the sky
Subject(s): Morning; Conduct Of Life


H-- LAUGHTER WAS BETTER THAN BIRDS IN THE MORNING       
Last Line: For s/he lives in the earth around us, laughs from the sky
Subject(s): Life Change Events


HAIL TEESSIDE!    Poem Text    
First Line: Old ironmasters and their iron men
Last Line: And earn fresh honours for our own teesside.
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders; Creation; Enterprise (ship); Iron & Steel Industry; Printing & Printers; Towns


HAPPY VIEW       
First Line: So take a happy view
Last Line: Man's joy will seed, his cold %and hardy fingers find an eagle's hold


HARD FROST       
First Line: A frost came in the night and stole my world


HEART AND MIND       
First Line: Said heart to mind at the close of day


HEARTSEASE       
First Line: Do you remember that hour


HORNPIPE       
First Line: Now the peak of summer's past, the sky is overcast


HOUSE-WARMING       
First Line: Did you notice at all as you entered the house


IN HEAVEN, I SUPPOSE, LIE DOWN TOGETHER DAY LEWIS, CECIL REST FROM LOVING AND BE LIVING    Poem Text    


IN HEAVEN, I SUPPOSE, LIE DOWN TOGETHER 1 DAY LEWIS, CECIL IN THE HEART OF CONTEMPLATION'       


IN THE SHELTER       
First Line: In a shelter one night, when death was taking the air


IS IT FAR TO GO?       


IT IS BECOMING NOW TO DECLARE MY ALLEGIANCE       
Last Line: So cheat I the memory that works in gilt %and stucco to restore a fallen day


JUVENILIA       
First Line: So this is you


LEARNING TO TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: See this small one, tiptoe on
Last Line: When we go down, they will be tall ones
Subject(s): Life Change Events


LEARNING TO TALK       
First Line: See this small one, tiptoe on
Last Line: When we go down, they will be tall ones
Subject(s): Life Change Events


LETTER TO W.H. AUDEN       
First Line: A mole first, out of riddling passages


LINES FOR EDMUND BLUNDEN ON HIS FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: Your fiftieth birthday. What shall we give you?


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 1       
First Line: Now to be with you, elate, unshared
Last Line: Oh hasten hither my kestrel joy!
Subject(s): Sea


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 10       
First Line: You'll be leaving soon and it's up to you boys
Last Line: Without insignia? Then you've still a chance to win


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 11       
First Line: Third defendant speaks %I have always acted for the best
Last Line: The crust crumbles, the veins run vinegar
Subject(s): Religion


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 12       
First Line: Oh, the subterranean fires, break out
Last Line: We may receive the exile spirit %coming into its own


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 13       
First Line: Fourth defendant speaks %to sit at the head of one's own table
Last Line: Mysteries, a dark glass may save my life


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 14       
First Line: Live you by love confined
Last Line: The integral spirit climbs %the dark in light forever
Subject(s): Love


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 15       
First Line: Consider. These are they
Last Line: But the full man must live %rooted yet unconfined


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 16       
First Line: Look west, wystan, lone flier, birdman, my bully boy
Last Line: Migrate, chaste my kestrel, you need a change of air
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Poetry And Poets


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 17       
First Line: First enemy speaks %begin perhaps with jokes across the table
Last Line: I suppose you hate me, now


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 18       
First Line: Not love nor hate, but say
Last Line: Hammer is poised and sickle %sharpened. I cannot stay


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 19       
First Line: Second enemy speaks %now sir, now madam, we're all plain people here
Last Line: And you'll have a treat one day if you're good boys


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 2       
First Line: But two there are, shadow us everywhere
Last Line: And buy our liberty with out last breath


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 20       
First Line: Fireman and farmer, father and flapper
Last Line: You'd better quit the country before it's too late


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 21       
First Line: Third enemy speaks %god is a proposition
Last Line: The clinic trinity
Subject(s): Religion


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 22       
First Line: Where is he, where? How the man stares
Last Line: They have him at heart, they shake hands, they know he is near


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 23       
First Line: Fourth enemy speaks %I' a dreamer, so are you
Last Line: Again and passion sleep secure %in creative ebb and flow


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 24       
First Line: Tempt me no more; for I
Last Line: Take it. It is well spent %easing a savior's birth
Subject(s): Freedom


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 25       
First Line: Consider these, for we have condemned them
Last Line: The break with the past, the major operation


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 26       
First Line: Junction or terminus - here we alight
Last Line: Luck's turned. Submit to your star and take %command, o start the attacking movement!


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 27       
First Line: Wystan, rex, all of you that have not fled
Last Line: New life is on the way, relief train


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 28       
First Line: Thoug winter's barricade delays
Last Line: Your tractors and your travelling-cranes


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 29       
First Line: But winter still rides rough-shod upon us
Last Line: And satisfied see a good day dying %accepting the shadows, sure of seed


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 3       
First Line: Somewhere beyond the railheads


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 30       
First Line: You who would come with us
Last Line: That new life must break through


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 31       
First Line: In happier times
Last Line: Make us a wind from a new world!


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 33       
First Line: Come for a walk in our pleasant land
Last Line: We'd like to love, but we've lost the knack


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 34. FOR FRANCES WARNER       
First Line: What do we ask for, then?
Last Line: What wainwright wrote with his blood, rosa in prison - %all who sucked out the poison


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 35       
First Line: In these our winter days
Last Line: The sun returned to power above %a world, but not the same


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 36       
First Line: Now raise your voices for a final chorus
Last Line: This is your day: so turn, my comrades, turn %like infants' eyes like sunflowers to the light


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 4       
First Line: Make no mistake, this where you get off
Last Line: Make a clean sweep or a clean end


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 5       
First Line: Let us be off! Our steam
Last Line: Traveller, take care. %pick no flowers there


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 7       
First Line: First defendant speaks %I that was two am one
Last Line: Pit-heads encroach or glacier crawl down


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 8       
First Line: This was your world and this I owe you
Last Line: Enough memorial for the dead


MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 9       
First Line: Second defendant speaks %let us now praise famous men
Last Line: For the passing of an era, at their own funeral


MAPLE AND SUMACH    Poem Text    
First Line: Maple and sumach down this autumn ride
Last Line: Speak in me now for all who are to die!
Subject(s): Autumn; Environment; Seasons; Trees; Fall; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


MARRIAGE OF TWO       
First Line: So they were married, and lived


MARRIED DIALOGUE       
First Line: It is out at last


MEDITATION       
First Line: At a junction of years I stand, with the stars palsied


MEETING       
First Line: Meeting the first time for many years
Last Line: For years? Nature, it seems, can afford %such wastefulness -not we


MEETING       
First Line: Did I meet you again


MINOR TRAGEDY       
First Line: Hundreds went down to the ocean bed


MISFIT       
First Line: At the training depot that first morning


MOVING IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it your hope, hope's hearth, heart's home, here at the lane's end
Last Line: Proudly reaped the light, passed peacefully into dark
Subject(s): Moving & Movers


MOVING IN       
First Line: Is it your hope, hope's hearth, heart's home, here at the lane's end
Subject(s): Moving And Movers


MY MOTHER'S SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I see her against the pearl sky of dublin
Last Line: How can gthis be justified? How can it / be justified?
Subject(s): Aunts; Spinsters; Old Maids


MY MOTHER'S SISTER       
First Line: I see her against the pearl sky of dublin
Last Line: How can this be justified, how can it %be justified?
Subject(s): Aunts; Spinsters


NABARA       
First Line: Freedom is more than a word, more than the base coinage
Last Line: Long after nabara's passion was quenched in the sea's heart


NEUROTIC       
First Line: The spring came round, and still he was not dead


NEWBORN       
First Line: This mannikin who just now
Last Line: As though mankind's begun %again in you
Subject(s): Life Change Events


NOW SHE IS LIKE THE WHITE TREE-ROSE       
Last Line: She has at heart a certain dawn


O DREAMS, O DESTINATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: For infants time is like a humming shell
Last Line: We settle, but like feathers on time's flow.
Subject(s): Mortality


ODE       
First Line: The moon slides through a whey of cloud; the running


ON NOT SAYING EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: This tree outside my window here
Last Line: From the not saying anything
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets


ON NOT SAYING EVERYTHING       
First Line: This tree outside my window here
Last Line: Love's essence, like a poem's, shall spring %from the not saying everything
Subject(s): Love; Poetry And Poets


ON THE SEA WALL       
First Line: As I came to the sea wall that august day


ONE AND ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember, as if it were yesterday
Last Line: Proving that one and one make one
Subject(s): Musical Instruments


ONE AND ONE       
First Line: I remember, as if it were yesterday
Subject(s): Musical Instruments


OUTSIDE AND IN       
First Line: How pretty it looks, thought a passer-by


OVERTURES TO DEATH: 7       
First Line: For us, born into a still
Last Line: Mister, you can rely on us %to execute your will


POEM       
First Line: A forward child, a sullen child


POEM FOR AN ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: Admit then and be glad
Last Line: And earth has grain to grow


PROLOGUE       
First Line: This curve of ploughland, one clean stroke
Last Line: Birth of our new seed and bear my part of the harvest


RECONCILIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: All day beside the shattered tank he'd lain
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


RECONCILIATION       
First Line: All day beside the shattered tank he'd lain
Last Line: Appear the argent, swan-assembled reaches
Subject(s): World War Ii


REST FROM LOVING AND BE LIVING    Poem Text    
Last Line: Cease denying, begin knowing
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


REST FROM LOVING AND BE LIVING       


REVENANT       
First Line: Out of the famous canyon


ROOM; FOR GEORGE SEFERIS       
First Line: To this room - it was somewhere at the palace's
Last Line: That under the royal action and abstraction %he lived in, he was real


SEEN FROM THE TRAIN       
First Line: Somewhere between crewkerne


SHEEPDOG TRIALS IN HYDE PARK; FOR ROBERT FROST    Poem Text    
First Line: A shepherd stands at one end of the arena
Last Line: Controlled woolgathering is my work too
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Shepherds & Sheperdesses


SHEEPDOG TRIALS IN HYDE PARK; FOR ROBERT FROST       
First Line: A shepherd stands at one end of the arena
Last Line: Of shepherding the unruly, for a kind of %controlled woolgathering is my work too
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


SKETCHES FOR A PORTRAIT       
First Line: Consider the boy that you were, although you would hardly


SONG       
First Line: Oh light was my head as the seed of a thistle


SONG       
First Line: Love was once light as air


SONNET       
First Line: When they have lost the little that they looked


STAND-TO       
First Line: Autumn met me today as I walked over castle hill
Last Line: But pinned to the heart of darkness a tattered fire-flag flies
Subject(s): Soldiers; World War Ii


STATUETTE: LATE MINOAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Girl of the musing mouth
Last Line: As I, unblest
Subject(s): Statues; Girls; Time


STATUETTE: LATE MINOAN       
First Line: Girl of the musing mouth
Last Line: They were dreams of one %thirsting as for rest, %as I, unblest
Subject(s): Native Americans - Pre-columbian


THE ALBUM    Poem Text    
First Line: I see you, a child
Last Line: Has grown to be your
Subject(s): Love


THE CHRISTMAS TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Put out the lights now!
Last Line: If it lives or dies now
Subject(s): Christmas Trees; Environment; Nativity, The; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE COMMITTEE    Poem Text    
First Line: So the committee met again, and again
Last Line: Or be adjourned, sine die, their task half done?
Subject(s): Bureaucracy


THE CONFLICT    Poem Text    
First Line: I sang as one
Last Line: Between two fires.
Subject(s): Perseverance


THE ECSTATIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Lark, skylark, spilling your rubbed and round
Last Line: That estuary drop down to peace
Subject(s): Birds


THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Now to be with you, elate, unshared
Last Line: Oh hasten hither my kestrel joy
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: Third defendant speaks / I have always acted for the best
Last Line: The crust crumbles, the veins run vinegar
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Live you by love confined
Last Line: The dark in light forever
Subject(s): Love


THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: Look west, wystan, lone flier, birdman, my bully boy
Last Line: Migrate, chaste my kestrel, you need a change of air
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Poetry & Poets


THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 21    Poem Text    
First Line: Third enemy speaks / god is a proposition
Last Line: The clinic trinity
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 24    Poem Text    
First Line: Tempt me no more; for I
Last Line: Easing a saviour's birth
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere beyond the railheads


THE MAGNETIC MOUNTAIN: 32    Poem Text    
First Line: You that love england, who have an ear for her music
Last Line: Wielders of power and welders of a new world.
Subject(s): England; Revolutions; English


THE NEWBORN    Poem Text    
First Line: This mannikin who just now
Last Line: Again in you
Subject(s): Life Change Events


THE SITTING    Poem Text    
First Line: So like a god I sit here
Last Line: And know not it ends in you.
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


THE STAND-TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Autumn met me today as I walked over castle hill
Last Line: The apples drawn too early and shatters the sutyumn rose
Subject(s): Soldiers; World War Ii; Second World War


THE TOURISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Arriving was their passion
Last Line: The state of simple being
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE UNEXPLODED BOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: Two householders (semi-detached) once found
Subject(s): Bombs


THEN AND NOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you remember those mornings after the blitzes
Last Line: Make real, of glory, common wealth, and home.
Subject(s): Factories; Labor & Laborers; Labor Unions; Memory; News; Strikes; Surrey, England; Unemployment; Work; Workers; Labor Disputes; Lockouts


TOURISTS       
First Line: Arriving was their passion
Subject(s): Travel


TRANSITIONAL POEM       
First Line: Now I have come to reason
Last Line: Or stars from their pedestal, %this architecture will stand


TWO SONGS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: I've heard them lilting at loom and belting
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


TWO SONGS: 1       
First Line: I've heard them lilting at loom and belting
Last Line: The flowers of the town are all turned away
Subject(s): World War I


TWO SONGS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, live with me and be my love
Last Line: Then live with me and be my love.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593); Poverty


TWO TRAVELLERS       
First Line: One of us in the compartment stares


UNEXPLODED BOMB       
First Line: Two householders (semi-detached) once found
Last Line: If x. And y. Are too daft to unfuse me, %how the devil intends to use me
Subject(s): Bombs


UNWANTED       
First Line: On a day when the breath of roses


WALKING AWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is eighteen years ago, almost to the day
Last Line: And love is proved in the letting go
Subject(s): Farewell; Friendship; Growth; Parting


WALKING AWAY       
First Line: It is eighteen years ago, almost to the day
Last Line: And love is proved in the letting go
Subject(s): Farewell; Friendship; Growth


WATCHING POST    Poem Text    
First Line: A hill flank overlooking the axe valley
Last Line: A farmer and a poet, are keeping watch
Subject(s): War


WATCHING POST       
First Line: A hill flank overlooking the axe valley
Last Line: A farmer and a poet, are keeping watch
Subject(s): War


WHERE ARE THE WAR POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: They who in folly or mere greed
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; War


WHERE ARE THE WAR POETS?    Poem Text    
First Line: They who in folly or mere greed
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; War


WHERE ARE THE WAR POETS?       
First Line: They who in folly or mere greed
Last Line: That we who lived by honest dreams %defend the bad against the worse
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; War


WHO GOES THERE       


WINTER NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: This evening holds her breath


WITH ME MY LOVE MAKES       


WOMAN ALONE       
First Line: Take any place - this garden plot will do


WORD OVER ALL       
First Line: Now when drowning imagination clutches