‘The House Where I Was Born’ by Cecil Day-Lewis

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by Cecil Day-Lewis

“An elegant, shabby, white-washed house
With a slate roof. Two rows
Of tall sash windows. Below the porch, at the foot of
The steps, my father, posed
In his pony trap and round clerical hat.
This is all the photograph shows…”

You can read the full poem and hear Day-Lewis’ wife, Jill Balcon reading it here.

Poet Laureate, Cecil Day-Lewis died on this day in 1972. He was the father of three-time Oscar winner, Daniel Day-Lewis.

Surrey Libraries has his complete works as well as the mystery novels he wrote under the pseudonym, Nicholas Blake.


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