His first attempt at poetry was "Spirits in Bondage" and was not very successful. Some of these poems will fall into that catagory as well. The poems are quite difficult to comprehend and some do not rhyme; and to the ordinary person in the street some are quite obscure. However, there are some real gems among them. His opening poem fits this class:
"I am so coarse, the things that 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.
Because Lewis was an intellectual he expected his readers to use their minds, for he filled many of his poems with references to specialised subjects. Not having his specialised knowledge I had to study and reflect upon these poems to get some benefit from them. Sometimes I succeeded, other times I failed. But they are well worth the effort.