Literary Birthday – 27 April – Cecil Day Lewis
Happy Birthday, Cecil Day Lewis, born 27 April 1904, died 22 May 1972
- First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it.
- We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.
- There’s a kind of release And a kind of torment in every goodbye for every man.
Cecil Day Lewis was an Anglo-Irish poet and the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. He is the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis, journalist Tamasin Day-Lewis, and writer Sean Day-Lewis. In his autobiography The Buried Day, he wrote, ‘As a writer I do not use the hyphen in my surname – a piece of inverted snobbery which has produced rather mixed results…’
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