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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Seren; First paperback edition edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185411316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854113160
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most assured poet of his generation. --The Listener

Wistfully strong and evocative as those lonely wartime pill-boxes one sees stranded by time on coastal marshes, writing such as this, surely, is still worth our having, and holding - and cherishing? --The Guardian

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Perhaps the most remarkable writer of the Second World War, Alun Lewis (1915-1944) died on active service in Burma, aged just 28.

Born and brought up near Aberdare in south Wales, Lewis was educated in Manchester and Aberystwyth before returning to the valleys and the Depression. In 1940, despite his pacifist inclination, he enlisted in the Royal Engineers and then accepted a commission in the South Wales Borderers to fight in India. Becoming a soldier had a stimulating effect on Lewis's writing: Raiders' Dawn appeared in 1942, and early in 1943 a collection of stories, The Last Inspection, was published. Both books were widely acclaimed.

Part of the uniform edition of Lewis's work, this volume contains the complete texts of his two collections Raiders' Dawn and Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets. It also includes 27 previously uncollected poems. This body of work transcends the term 'war poetry': it is both complete itself and full of the promise of greater things to come.

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Alun Lewis wrote vibrant accessible poetry , it's beautifully lyrical with a real awareness of the world and his and our relationship with it.He questioned all things ,physical and emotional.I thought reading them that I could tell he was a young man and when he married Gweno he was full of excitement and wonder in the face of love.The poems written during WW11 are as intense as you might expect though still fused with wonder in the face of the new and exotic,(he was sent to India then Burma).He was 27 when he died in a pistol accident so we can only imagine what achievments may have followed.A sublime talent indeed.
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After picking up the Book from my local Library per chance, i really liked his type of poetry, so after borrowing it several times i decided to buy my own copy..Awise decision as it turned out for me...
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A classic example of world war two poetry. Wonderful to see this great Welsh poet back in print. But it is sad that there is not a e-book version.
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