Day-Lewis, C(ecil) at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Irish-British poet. Son of a clergyman, he studied at Oxford Univ. and in the 1930s became part of a circle of left-wing poets centered on W. H. Auden, though he later turned to an individual lyricism expressed in traditional forms. His works include translations of Virgil's Georgics (1940), Aeneid (1952), and Eclogues (1963), and the verse collections The Room (1965) and The Whispering Roots (1970). He also wrote the autobiography The Buried Day (1960) and several detective novels under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake. He became poet laureate of England in 1968. He was the father of D. Day-Lewis.