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Laurie Lee

Selected Poems

Laurie Lee was a celebrated English novelist, screenwriter, and poet, whose autobiographical novels Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, and A Moment of War found enormous popularity in England. However, poetry was really his favorite form of writing, an area where success frustratingly eluded him.
Laurie Lee Selected Poems collects forty of Lee’s best poems, and provides the perfect introduction to this beloved authors lesser known works. The collection contains works such as Lee’s first poem, which appeared The Sunday Referee in 1934, poems first published in Cyril Connolly’s Horizon magazine in 1940, and selections from his first volume of poems, The Sun My Monument. Several poems written in the early 1940s reflect the atmosphere of the war, but also capture the beauty of the English countryside. Also included is the poem “Twelfth Night” from My Many-coated Man, which was set for unaccompanied mixed choir by American composer Samuel Barber in 1968.
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Lee’s birth, and consequently a resurgence of interest in Lee’s body of work. Laurie Lee Selected Poems is the perfect choice for those wanting a new look at an engaging author.

80 pages | 4 1/2 x 7 | © 2014


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Table of Contents

Invasion Summer

A Moment of War

Words Asleep

Music in a Spanish Town


At Night


The Armoured Valley

Larch Tree

The Three Winds




Village of Winter Carols


The Wild Trees

Christmas Landscape

Poem for Easter

April Rose

First Love

The Long War



Black Edge


My Many-Coated Man

Summer Rain

Field of Autumn

Day of these Days

Boy in Ice

The Edge of Day

Twelfth Night

The Easter Green

Sunken Evening

The Pollard Beech

Song by the Sea

Long Summer

Scot in the Desert

To Matthew Smith


Town Owl

Home from Abroad


The Abandoned Shade

Bombay Arrival

On Beacon Hill

Shot Fox

Girl under Fig-tree

Night Speech

Stork in Jerez

Fish and Water


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