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Lewis often said that his favorite form of literary expression was the narrative poem, although he appears to have written just four, all of which are collected here. They exhibit the romantic aspects of his temperament and reveal his deep love for medieval and Renaissance poetry. Edited and with a Preface by Walter Hooper.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 6th 1978 by Mariner Books (first published 1969)
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Hannah Givens
The poetry in Dymer isn't very good, which is funny since it's the one Lewis actually published. More on that here:

The other three poems in this collection are actually quite good, and this would be a good resource for a lot of analytical writing, especially "The Queen of Drum" for Lewis and women. More on that here:
Stephanie Ricker
Lewis actually wrote a narrative poem backed on Wagner's Ring Cycle when he was 15? *shakes head* Marry me, Clive Staples.

Sadly, ultimately the narrative poetry by Lewis, while good, was nowhere near as good as his prose. It's somewhat reassuring that not even Lewis can do everything well, I suppose.
I adored/loved this book. The narrative poems are wonderful narratives and c.s.lewis knowd how to use words so that even what is meant to be tragic is beautiful.
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