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Alun Lewis

(1915—1944) poet and short-story writer


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(1915–44),

Welsh poet. His first volume of poems, Raiders' Dawn, appeared in 1942, and in 1943 a volume of stories, The Last Inspection, much of which deal with army life in England, as does his most anthologized poem, ‘All Day it has Rained…’, first published in 1941. Lewis was killed in Burma. Letters and stories were collected in In the Green Tree (1948), and Selected Poetry and Prose appeared in 1966. Many of Lewis's poems show a recurring obsession with the themes of isolation and death, and a debt to E. Thomas, to whom one of his best poems is addressed.

Subjects: Literature.


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