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The author of the book: Louis MacNeice
Language: English
ISBN: 0571113532
ISBN 13: 9780571113538
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 965 KB
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: January 1st 1979
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Dipped in and out of this book for many a month and came away very impressed with MacNeice as a poet -- it's a shame he seems to have been overshadowed by Auden (who I guess he resembles but has a less arch quality to him, in my opinion.) I also think he gets a bum rap for being remembered primarily for his poem "Bagpipe Music," which is a fine poem but certainly not his only fine poem or even his finest. He always exerts a steady control over the forms of his poems but doesn't distort his intelligence to fit into the forms -- see how deftly he ties together past, present, and future through repetition in this small poem, "Coda":

Maybe we knew each other better
When the night was young and unrepeated
And the moon stood still over Jericho.

So much for the past; in the present
There are moments caught between heart‑beats
When maybe we know each other better.

But what is that clinking in the darkness?
Maybe we shall know each other better
When the tunnels meet beneath the mountain.

That is very good. Seems the book might already be out-of-print in the U.S., which is a shame since I had to burrow it from the library; nevertheless, copied out a number of poems scattered across his writing life that I hope to return to in the future and ponder over some more.

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Ebook Collected Poems of Louis MacNeice read Online! Born to Irish parents in Belfast, MacNeice was largely educated in British prep schools. He attended Oxford University, there befriending W.H. Auden.

He was part of the generation of "thirties poets" which included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis; nicknamed "MacSpaunday" as a group — a name invented by Roy Campbell, in his Talking Bronco (1946). His body of work was widely appreciated by the public during his lifetime, due in part to his relaxed, but socially and emotionally aware style. Never as overtly (or simplistically) political as some of his contemporaries, his work shows a humane opposition to totalitarianism as well as an acute awareness of his Irish roots.


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