Who is Louis Macneice

Frederick Louis MacNeice CBE (12 September 1907 – 3 September 1963) was a British poet and playwright from Northern Ireland, and a member of the Auden Group, which also included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis. MacNeice's 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, he expressed a humane opposition to totalitarianism as well as an acute awareness of his roots.

LifeIreland, 1907–1917
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Louis Macneice Poems

  • Sunday Morning
    Down the road someone is practising scales,
    The notes like little fishes vanish with a wink of tails,
    Man's heart expands to tinker with his car
    For this is Sunday morning, Fate's great bazaar; ...
  • Christina
    It all began so easy
    With bricks upon the floor
    Building motley houses
    And knocking down your houses ...
  • The Sunlight On The Garden
    The sunlight on the garden
    Hardens and grows cold,
    We cannot cage the minute
    Within its nets of gold; ...
  • June Thunder
    The Junes were free and full, driving through tiny
    Roads, the mudguards brushing the cowparsley,
    Through fields of mustard and under boldly embattled
    Mays and chestnuts ...
  • Carrickfergus
    I was born in Belfast between the mountain and the gantries
    To the hooting of lost sirens and the clang of trams:
    Thence to Smoky Carrick in County Antrim
    Where the bottle-neck harbour collects the mud which jams ...
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Sea 4 Yellow 4 Suddenly 4 Sky 4 Church 3 Garden 3 Away 3 Never 3 World 3 Room 3

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  • Brendanpoet: have just seen belfast, the film, listening to van morrison and pairing his carrickfergus with louis macneice’s.
  • Dedalusdenaries: god or whatever means the good be praised that time can stop like this, that what the heart has understood can verify in the body’s peace god or whatever means the good. louis macneice, meeting point
  • Michaelscaines: i’ve been born and once is enough (as t.s.e. says). nothing at all but 3 things. birth (messy) & copulation (not enough of it) & death (we don’t know about that). – louis macneice, may 7 1936
  • Q_and_s_net: "i would have a poet able bodied, fond of talking, a reader of the newspapers, capable of pity and laughter, informed in economics, appreciative of women, involved in personal relationships, actively interested in politics, susceptible to physical impressions." -- louis macneice
  • Adair_mark: ‘… and the first blossom is the best blossom’ louis macneice - from apple blossom
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Vain Hope
 by Ernest Dowson

Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say,
Though late it be, though lily-time be past,
Though all the summer skies be overcast,
Haply I will go down to her, some day,
And cast my rests of life before her feet,
That she may have her will of me, being so sweet
And none gainsay!


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