A couple of reflections on CS Lewis and WB Yeats









As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have begun a new series over on youtube called ‘ A Spell in the Library’ in which I invite you into my study and we enjoy taking books of the shelves and reading favourite passages aloud. I thought I’d post a couple more of these here, especially as these two are related and form a kind of sequence. In the first I talk about the lovely portrait of the young Lewis give to me by the artist Ross Wilson, and go on to share Lewis’s own account of how he met Yeats, and in the second I read and reflect on Yeats’s poem ‘The Song of the Wondering Angus’ which Lewis knew and loved. If you enjoy these at all I’d be glad if you could pop over to my youtube channel by clicking Here, and then click the ‘subscribe’ button, as that would give me an indication that this new offering is worth continuing.

So here are the two little films, first ‘ Jack of Hearts:

And then Yeats’s Song of the Wandering Aengus


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11 responses to “A couple of reflections on CS Lewis and WB Yeats

  1. Henry Lewis

    Just to say Thank you Malcolm. You have helped me through some poetry I’ve only touched on, but especially I’ve enjoyed your work which I have shared with others. Go in peace and continue to wrote!

  2. Karen Foster

    Thanks again, Malcolm, for another beautiful poem. I do love these spells in the library.

  3. Fran Francis

    A quick response from me by email as I couldn’t sign in to “like” it for some reason…boring Google issues at my end, not with your YouTube channel.

    I love this and thank you. I heard recently that you had a trip planned to New Zealand later this year and was hoping to find out more but I daresay that won’t be happening now. Everything has devolved to domestic spaces and that is rather lovely. I liked that the Archbishop of Canterbury and I both presided over the eucharistic table in our respective kitchens on opposite sides of the planet. I like that I have been invited into your study and that feels like a great privilege yet without the “Johnson effect” (and I mean that in a good way).

    I look forward to visiting again.


  4. blessedreams

    Great poets! Thanks

  5. Alice Hornbeck

    So here I am getting a real education. Didn’t know Yeats liked Shelley. I tried to get a complete Yeats here in the states and I couldn’t get one. Some law.

  6. Alice Hornbeck

    Thanks for your reply. Some law cut off our access to English literature. All too hot to handle now in our new age of ignorance. I think I saw some small volumes available. I’ll watch the video again and see which book you have.
    I really do want to read the “Song of the Wandering Aengus” for myself. VisuaI, guess. Nor did I know C.S. Lewis wrote poetry. The videos you made were well worth it for me. .

  7. Alice Hornbeck

    I have found a copy to read and found several books of Yeats which say they are complete. Also learned this poem appears in The Wind Among the Reeds 1899. Thanks again for reading it. Thanks for these two videos.

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