Alun Lewis Quotes (5 quotes)
“And we talked of girls, and dropping bombs on Rome,
And thought of the quiet dead and the loud celebrities
Exhorting us to slaughter.”
All Day It Has Rained, line 17, from Raider's Dawn and Other Poems (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1942) p. 16.
“I am more and more engrossed with the single poetic theme of Life and Death, for there doesn't seem to be any question more directly relevant than this one of what survives of all the beloved.”
Letter written in 1943; cited from Jeremy Hooker and Gweno Lewis (eds.) Selected Poems of Alun Lewis (London: Unwin, 1987) p. 108.
“So we must say Goodbye, my darling,
And go, as lovers go, for ever;
Tonight remains, to pack and fix on labels
And make an end of lying down together.”
Goodbye, line 1; p. 24. - Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets (1945)
“All this slowness, all this hardness,
The nearness that is waiting in my bed,
The gradual self-effacement of the dead.”
The First Month of His Absence, line 33; p. 35. - Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets (1945)
“Who is it climbs the summit of the road?
Only the beggar bumming his dark load.
Who was it cried to see the falling star?
Only the landless soldier lost in war.
And did a thousand years go by in vain?
And does another thousand start again?”
The Mahratta Ghats, line 22; p. 44. - Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets (1945)
As quoted in The New York Times (28 October 1973)
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”
As quoted in The Canine Hiker's Bible (2000) by Doug Gelbert, p. 8
“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.”
―Pearl S. Buck
To My Daughters, With Love (1967), "To You on Your First Birthday"
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Bio: Alun Lewis, was a poet. Although he was born in South Wales, he wrote in English only. He is one of the best-known English-language poets of the Second World War