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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  • Lizclements: read louis macneice's (slightly sniffy) poem about teaching classics at birmingham university in 1930s "virgil, livy, the usual round, principal parts and the lost digamma; and to hear the prison-like lecture room resound to homer in a dudley accent."
  • Alabalawhiskey: "the rain of london pimples / the ebony streets with white" it's a night for louis macneice
  • Gladstonemarian: “….. the people’s mind was tunnelling like a mole to day and danger”. autumn journal. louis macneice. “poetry in my opinion must be honest before anything else”. 1939.
  • Ukiyoluvbot: found the poem. its called 'prayer before birth' by louis macneice. a beautiful poem.
  • Garyraybetz: "the forces of fascism are massing as nazi propaganda speaks of making germany great again..." - louis macneice from "autumn journal" 1939
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'Tis True-they Shut Me In The Cold
 by Emily Dickinson


'Tis true-They shut me in the Cold-
But then-Themselves were warm
And could not know the feeling 'twas-
Forget it-Lord-of Them-

Let not my Witness hinder Them

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