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Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee, poet and writer was born in Gloucestershire on this day 26 June 1914 and died in the same county as his birth on 13 May 1997. He was educated in his home village and in nearby Stroud, Lee eventually moved to London and travelled in Spain in the mid-1930s. On his return to England, he worked as a film scriptwriter and as an editor for the Ministry of Information until 1945.

His most notable work is the autobiographical trilogy Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969), and A Moment of War (1991).

However, Lee’s first love was always poetry, although he had limited success as a poet. His poem ‘Life’ won a prize in the a National paper and another poem was published in Horizon magazine in 1940. His first volume of poems, The Sun My Monument, was published in 1944, followed by The Bloom of Candles (1947) and My Many-coated Man (1955). Several poems written in the early 1940s capture the beauty of the English countryside but also reflect the atmosphere of the war.

Below is his poem The Long War For Peace Day:

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Published by poetisatinta

I was born and live in rural North Wales (UK) and found poetry again after a lifetime, so grateful I did :)

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