Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972) was a Irish poet laureate 1968-1972.
With Auden and Spender, he was one of the influential left-wing poets of the 1930s. He also wrote detective novels under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake.
His work, which includes From Feathers to Iron 1931, and Overtures to Death in 1938, is marked by accomplished lyrics and sustained narrative power. Professor of poetry at Oxford 1951-1956, he published critical works and translations from Latin of Virgil's Georgia and Aeneid.
In 1968 he succeeded Masefield as poet laureate. His autobiography, The Buried Day in 1960, was followed by a biography written by his eldest son Sean in 1980.
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Cecil Day-Lewis was an Irish poet and the Poet Laureate from 1968.