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Newly discovered poem by Lewis and exhibition at Magdalen College

Courtenay
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Fellow fans of Lewis, listen up! Grin   (it's the best I can do with the alliteration — you'll see what that's about shortly)

I just found this recent article from the UK Daily Telegraph that gives us a delightful new discovery — a previously unknown poem by Lewis that he wrote as a gratitude gift for friends, a scholarly couple, Dr Ida and Eric Gordon, with whom he'd stayed overnight and deeply appreciated their hospitality:

Unknown CS Lewis poem on whiskey and warm blankets discovered 

You can read the whole of the poem and the background to it in the linked article, which I think should be accessible to everyone. 

And that's not all... at the end of the article, we're told something I wasn't aware of — that starting this week, from 24th April to 11th September 2024, there's going to be an exhibition on Lewis and his works at Magdalen College in Oxford! Here's the link to the details for anyone who may be able to get there:

C. S. Lewis: Words and Worlds

Well, there's an excuse for me to get down to Oxford some time in the next few months!! Dancing (I've been there a number of times before, when I lived closer to Oxford than I do now, but not since 2018, I think it was, when there was an exhibition on Tolkien.) I will definitely report my impressions and would love to hear if any other NarniaWebbers are able to go. 

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Topic starter Posted : April 21, 2024 5:44 pm
Cleander
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A fantastic find!

Given how many letters Lewis wrote to friends and fans (including to Glumpuddle's grandfather, if I'm not mistaken) it makes me wonder how many more writings of his are still waiting to be discovered. 

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Posted : April 22, 2024 4:37 pm
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Courtenay
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@the-mad-poet-himself Very true, regarding lost writings!

I was just re-reading the news article and realised that either there's a typo or someone at the Telegraph is not good with numbers. The opening line describes the poem as having been written "60 years ago", but further down we're told it dates from 1935. Ummm... by my count, that's 89 years ago... Silly  

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Topic starter Posted : April 22, 2024 5:45 pm
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@courtenay Oh boy LOL . What do they teach in these schools?

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Posted : April 23, 2024 4:46 am
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@the-mad-poet-himself Apparently not logic... or at least not basic numeracy. Tongue  

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Topic starter Posted : April 23, 2024 11:49 am
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@courtenay 60 years ago was when Lewis died. Perhaps they've mixed their information. 

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Posted : April 23, 2024 12:59 pm
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I wonder if the poem has been in hiding for a reason. As brilliant a writer as Lewis was, his poetry was something he did not hold in high regard, nor did critics if memory serves me. He was so unhappy with his poetry he gave it up from what I have read. Still, always interesting to see and find new things for this great man, I love how his mind perceived the world, few like him, if any!

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Posted : May 1, 2024 11:53 am
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Courtenay
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I can hardly believe it — less than a month after the last one, there's been a discovery of even more previously unpublished poems by Lewis!!

'Loud-mouthed bully': CS Lewis satirised Oxford peer in secret poems

It appears Lewis so detested one of his lecturers, Henry Cecil Wyld, during his early years at Oxford that he took the opportunity of ridiculing him in verse — and in several languages, too — written in his own copy of Wyld's textbook on the history of English.

Now this poetry certainly doesn't show Lewis at his most charitable, and of course it dates from before he became a Christian; I'm guessing he wouldn't have considered this to be very proper behaviour after his conversion, and he might be embarrassed if he knew that about a century later, scholars and fans would be reading and discussing these private poetic jabs at a fellow academic. But on the other hand, he obviously kept the textbook, with all those poems he wrote in it, for the rest of his life, so... Giggle   And from what's shared in the article, young "Jack", even in his early 20s, had a great command of multiple languages, a brilliant way with words, and a really sharp sense of humour! Grin

(As @wonderings pointed out, Lewis didn't hold his own poetry in high regard, and it's certainly not something he ever became well known for. I wonder if that's perhaps partly because he wasn't particularly good at the grandiose epic sorts of poetry, whereas (as this discovery shows) he had much more of a talent for witty and satirical verse, but that wasn't what he wanted the world to remember him by??) 

"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan. "And now all Narnia will be renewed."
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Topic starter Posted : May 19, 2024 10:46 am
Courtenay
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I can hardly believe it — less than a month after the last one, there's been a discovery of even more previously unpublished poems by Lewis!!

'Loud-mouthed bully': CS Lewis satirised Oxford peer in secret poems

It appears Lewis so detested one of his lecturers, Henry Cecil Wyld, during his early years at Oxford that he took the opportunity of ridiculing him in verse — and in several languages, too — written in his own copy of Wyld's textbook on the history of English.

Now this poetry certainly doesn't show Lewis at his most charitable, and of course it dates from before he became a Christian; I'm guessing he wouldn't have considered this to be very proper behaviour after his conversion, and he might be embarrassed if he knew that about a century later, scholars and fans would be reading and discussing these private poetic jabs at a fellow academic. But on the other hand, he obviously kept the textbook, with all those poems he wrote in it, for the rest of his life, so... Giggle   And going by what's shared in the article, it's clear that young "Jack", even in his early 20s, had a great command of multiple languages, a brilliant way with words, and a really sharp sense of humour! Grin

(As @wonderings pointed out, Lewis didn't hold his own poetry in high regard, and it's certainly not something he ever became well known for. I wonder if that's perhaps partly because he wasn't particularly good at the grandiose epic sorts of poetry, whereas (as this discovery shows) he had much more of a talent for witty and satirical verse, but that wasn't what he wanted the world to remember him by??) 

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