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)
“'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice. 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.'”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
Hudibras, a poem, Volume 1, printed by W. Lewis for Thomas McLean, 1819, p. 366, Part II, Canto II
As quoted in: Newsday, 11 February 1988
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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