Spirits in bondage
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Spirits in bondage

By Clive Staples Lewis
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"Spirits in Bondage" is the first published work of C. S. Lewis. He wrote it during a period of great contrasts in his life. On the one hand, he was enjoying his last year under the private tutorship of W. T. Kirkpatrick, who expanded Lewis' love for Greek literature, mythology, and reason. On the other hand, he enlisted in the British army to fight in the trenches of World War I, a messy reality that must have seemed irreconcilable to the beauty of words and clarity of reason he had come to know through his studies.Not surprisingly, this moving, masterfully crafted cycle of lyrics is marked both by Romanticism and Cynicism. Beauty and the trenches are equally present in these poems. They show us an anguished soul that struggles with the conflicting experiences in this world.Come and join C. S. Lewis on his stormy voyage.

Table of Contents
  • SPIRITS IN BONDAGE
    • A CYCLE OF LYRICS
    • In Three Parts
    • Historical Background
    • Prologue
  • Part I The Prison House
    • I. Satan Speaks
    • II. French Nocturne (Monchy-Le-Preux)
    • III. The Satyr
    • IV. Victory
    • V. Irish Nocturne
    • VI. Spooks
    • VII. Apology
    • VIII. Ode for New Year's Day
    • IX. Night
    • X. To Sleep
    • XI. In Prison
    • XII. De Profundis
    • XIII. Satan Speaks
    • XIV. The Witch
    • XV. Dungeon Grates
    • XVI. The Philosopher
    • XVII. The Ocean Strand
    • XVIII. Noon
    • XIX. Milton Read Again (In Surrey)
    • XXI. The Autumn Morning
    • Part II. Hesitation
    • XXIII. Alexandrines
    • XXIV. In Praise of Solid People
    • Part III. The Escape
    • XXVI. Song
    • XXVII. The Ass
    • XXVIII. Ballade Mystique
    • XXIX. Night
    • XXX. Oxford
    • XXXI. Hymn (For Boys' Voices)
    • XXXII. "Our Daily Bread"
    • XXXIII. How He Saw Angus the God
    • XXXIV. The Roads
    • XXXV. Hesperus
    • XXXVI. The Star Bath
    • XXXVII. Tu Ne Quaesieris
    • XXXVIII. Lullaby
    • XXXIX. World's Desire
    • XL. Death in Battle
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