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Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics [Paperback]

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Pages   88
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.21"
Weight:   0.23 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Cosimo Classics
ISBN  1596053720  
EAN  9781596053724  


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So piteously the lonely soul of man Shudders before this universal plan, So grievous is the burden and the pain, So heavy weighs the long, material chain From cause to cause, too merciless for hate, The nightmare march of unrelenting fate, -from "Dungeon Grates" C. S. Lewis is a profound and perhaps the most respected Christian apologist because his belief was so hard-won. This collection of verse, written immediately after he returned from the battlefields of World War I in 1919, offers penetrating insight into the psyche of a young man struggling with traumatic wartime experiences and the crisis of faith they engendered. By turns angry, bitter, and melancholy, these poems constitute a provocative document of Lewis's journey from atheism through agnosticism and on to conviction. Irish writer CLIVE STAPLES ("JACK") LEWIS (1898-1963) was born in Belfast. A volunteer in the British Army during World War I, he served in the trenches of France, and returned to study and teach at Oxford University; he later accepted a post at Cambridge University, retiring only months before his death. His best-known works are The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956), Mere Christianity (1952), and his autobiography, Surprised by Joy (1955).

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More About Lewis C. S. ( CS / C.S. )

C. S. Lewis C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.

C. S. Lewis was born in 1898 and died in 1963.

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Wonderfully mature and insightful work!  Oct 26, 2008
Considering Lewis wrote this cycle of poems when he was in his early twenties, they provide incredibly mature insight into the role pain has in people's lives. I ordered this book because I am writing my thesis on C.S. Lewis - I have to say, no study of Lewis' work is complete without this, his earliest and perhaps most poignant contribution to thoughts on powerfully important human topics like pain.
 
Not the best poetry, but vital to a proper understanding of Lewis  Mar 30, 2007
These poems have their bright spots, thought in parts they are rather overloaded with mythic words and a sense that the author was struggling to keep up a sense of awe and epicness and failing in the process. Most of the poems revolve around two themes: (1) I hate God and (2) I hate the world. Most of them are not happy poems to say the least.

While they are not excellent poetry, they are decent, and very good if you take into consideration that he wrote them while a teenager. They provide a glimpse into his thoughts on life and God which cannot even be seen in his letters from the period. He apparently felt he was able to write in poetry what he did not necessarily want others to know that be thought. The fact that he published it under the false name Clive Hamilton should not be overlooked.

In short, do not get this if you're looking for excellent poetry. Get this if you want to understand the development of Lewis' thought.

Overall grade: B+
 
Little-known writing on par with Lewis' best  May 20, 2006
The creativity and keen spiritual insights that have made C.S. Lewis the most renowned Christian writer of the modern era combine with eloquent poetry to reveal the writer's struggles, hopes and nightmares that predate his conversion to Christianity. This book of poems illustrates his yearning for truth and salvation by revealing his images God, man and Satan in delightful, rhyming lyrics. The intellectual and spiritual force present in these poems create a powerful edge rarely matched. Readers will discern the drive that eventually leads Lewis to find "his heart's delight." This is a must-have for those who have appreciated Lewis' other writings.

Lewis' searching and questions parallel many who have had doubts about the present reality and character of a God that seems to hide in mysteries. The genius behind Mere Christianity and the Chronicles of Narnia is behind these poems, even though he has yet to have his eyes opened. The heart of a desperate, sincere seeker of God is painted in these lyrics that in themselves make great poetry.

 
vivid, beautiful poems  Nov 4, 2005
I know that Lewis is mostly known for his books, but these poems have images in them that have remained in my mind for several years after I've read them...the imagery, and the ideas, is what really works in these poems.
Also, it is very interesting to read what Lewis wrote before he became a Christian; since most of his writings are religious.
 
Pre-Christian Poetry of C.S. Lewis  Mar 21, 2002
First published in 1919 when Lewis was 20, a recent veteran of World War I, and still an agnostic/atheist. The planned title was "Spirits in Prison" taken from the verse in First Peter. The title reflects Lewis' Platonic dualism that sees the human spirit (which is good) trapped in matter (which is evil). Lewis never abandoned Platonism entirely (e.g. "The Last Battle") but it is far more stark and more grim in many of these early poems. In this - his transition from Platonism and its remaining vestiges after conversion - Lewis is similar to St. Augustine. (For more in this line see Lewis' "The Pilgrim's Regress" - particularly the introductory essay he wrote for later editions). "Spirits in Bondage" has beautiful moments such as "Dungeon Grates" which is not (in portions) an unfit expression of a Christian's experience: that sudden awareness of `unsought beauty in a casual hour.' All in all, this book is fairly grim (flatly blasphemous in places), but interesting for who wrote it and for the occasional moments of beauty and wit. [The star rating is reflective of this last thought.]
 

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