#640…sci, relig, ETC: “C. S. Lewis Responds in a Poem to T. S. Eliot”


T. S. Eliot wrote in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” the following:


“Let us go then, you and I

When evening is spread out

against the sky

Like a patient etherized upon a table.”


To which C. S. Lewis wrote…


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the following response in verse:


“I am so coarse, the things the poets see

 Are obstinately invisible to me.

 For twenty years I’ve stared my level best

 To see if evening — any evening — would suggest

 A patient etherized upon a table;

 In vain.  I simply wasn’t able.”¹


   C. S. Lewis was not recognized as a poet. That did not prevent him, however, as other unrecognizables, from resorting to verse to make an occasional statement.


   ¹ From a C. S. Lewis Society Bulletin (circa 1983).

Author: John Knapp