Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics

Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics

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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).

Title:Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781596053724
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    Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics Reviews

  • Genni

    This is the first published work by Lewis, and the first to enter the public domain. I listened to it today while traveling, but I didn't know quite what I was getting myself in to. It was a rainy, gl...

  • Jeremy

    I received a copy as a gift from Lexham Press for providing a reader report (Spring 2020).Written while an Oxford student and a soldier in WWI. Published in 1919, when Lewis was twenty (and still an a...

  • Brian Eshleman

    Pretty dark. Good reminder, as was a song from Jars of Clay that I've heard many times but just recently revealed listened to, that the very person who seems so far from a deep and intimate faith in C...

  • Jesse Broussard

    Horrific. Pre-Christian poetry from a 19 year old Lewis. Shattering....

  • Christine

    Wow, you say, Lewis wrote poetry.Well, techincally he did. Trust me, you really don't want to read these. I mean there is a reason no one talks about Lewis the poet....

  • MisterFweem

    It's good to see that even accomplished authors like CS Lewis went through that phase where they wrote absolutely rotten poetry. Gives the rest of us rotten poets hope. Or delusions of adequacy....

  • Dave Maddock

    I quite enjoyed reading this little collection of early poems, although the poetry is merely decent bordering on bad. For instance, he uses the forced "the XXX green" (where XXX is a noun of something...

  • Jon Nakapalau

    The first major published work by C.S. Lewis. Here we see many of the issues he would struggle with in his better known works in embryotic form. ...

  • Khari

    This book was not at all what I expected. I recently re-read Mere Christianity and finally understood it, so I went ahead and marked all of C.S. Lewis to read/re-read and this one was included. I thou...

  • Carly

    I'll be honest and say I'm biased because C.S. Lewis is most definitely my favorite author. Nonetheless, this cycle of lyrics told a beautiful tale in a rhyme scheme and language only Lewis is capable...