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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 p
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published August 15th 2014 by Unicorn Publishing Group (first published November 1st 1982)
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Giuliana Fenwick
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with Laurie's poetry . I leave my world the minute I start reading him .... Every line stirs my soul and moves me . I find myself just exclaiming out loud at the beauty of his words - even when I'm on my own !
Sloan Porter
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was hard for me to feel for his poems though I can see how they can be appealing. It's not so much the subject matter that I couldn't connect with, but more the style, presentation and use of language of his work. I find him to be a very abstract writer, focused more with language and words individually rather than expressing a certain emotion or story... Giving this collection only 2 stars is more for personal reasons because this style of poetry does not resonate with me as much as others, ...more
Michael
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, war
This is a selection from Lee's earlier poetry. There are a number of war poems, written at the time Lee was in Spain during the civil war, though there are many other poems about nature, life, love, sex and, which Lee does so well, about childhood and lost time.

Some of the lines put me in mind of Keats, which initially I put down to my having read a lot of his poetry recently. Still, Lee's "Drowsed but not drowned" does remind me of Keats' "For shade to shade will come too drowsily, and drown th
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Kelly Iannello
Read for the 2016 Pop Sugar reading challenge prompt "a book of poetry"

I loved the poem Thistle.
forestseelies
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
His poetry is AMAZING! he is definitely one of my favorite poets. My favorite was probably 'on beacon hill'. his poetry is so beautiful and gives such amazing imagery.
Emily
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
It honestly pains me to give this poetry collection 2 stars. Laurie Lee has been my golden boy of the last couple of years - I've read 4 of his books and given them all 5 stars. I had this one down as a dead cert for the same rating. Given how beautifully poetic his prose is, there was no doubt in my mind that I would also love his poetry.
Unfortunately, whilst there was nothing I actively disliked about his poetry, nothing I thought was badly written, there was simply nothing that I really loved
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Colin
I've always loved Laurie Lee's prose, the poetic richness of his language and his ability to summon up the sense of a place or an emotion with just the right words. His first love, however, was poetry, so I thought I'd enjoy this selection of his poems. I was a little disappointed however; it's something of a mixed bag, and the poems it contains vary quite considerably in quality. There are some that feel as if they could have been written by Thomas Hardy: Town Owl, The Abandoned Shade and Chris ...more
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Laurence Edward Alan "Laurie" Lee, MBE, was an English poet, novelist, and screenwriter. His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991). While the first volume famously recounts his childhood in the idyllic Slad Valley, the second deals with his leaving home for London and his ...more

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