"when Spender and not he was knighted"
Stephen Spender
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Sir Stephen Spender (1909-1995) was an English poet, knighted in 1983.   He fought in the Spanish Civil War, and much of his poetry was born out of social protest.

Poets.org: Sir Stephen Spender

Stephen Spender Memorial Trust

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