Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE, was an English poet, novelist and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work.
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“I think of those who were truly great. The names of those who in their lives fought for life, Who wore at their hearts the fire's center.”
“History is the ship carrying living memories to the future”
“When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes, / I was your son, high on your horse, / My mind a top whipped by the lashes / Of your rhetoric, windy of course.”
“I'm struggling at the end to get out of the valley of hectoring youth, journalistic middle age, imposture, moneymaking, public relations, bad writing, mental confusion.”
“People sometimes divide others into those you laugh at and those you laugh with. The young Auden was someone you could laugh-at-with.”
“Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.”
“Moments that can never happen again and never lost their wonder.”
“When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little.”
“Who live under the shadow of a war,/ What can I do that matters?”
“The greatest poets are those with memories so great that they extend beyond their strongest experiences to their minutest observations of people and things far outside their own self-centeredness.”
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