Poet: Stephen Harold Spender
Dates: 28 February 1909 – 16 July 1995
Title of Poem: The Room above the Square
The light in the window seemed perpetual
When you stayed in the high room for me;
It glowed above the trees through leaves
Like my certainty.
The light is fallen and you are hidden
In sunbright peninsulas of the sword:
Torn like leaves through Europe is the peace
That through us flowed.
Now I climb up alone to the high room
Above the darkened square
Where among stones and roots, the other
Unshattered lovers are.
Brief Biography: Spender was a poet and novelist, and his themes concentrated on social injustice and the class struggle. After WW2 he was a member of the Allied Control Commission helping to restore order in Germany. He was one of the founders of the Index on Censorship magazine and the…
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