Louis MacNeice

Louis MacNeice (məknēs´), 1907–63, Irish poet b. Belfast. Educated at Oxford, he became a classical scholar and teacher and later was a producer and traveled the world for the British Broadcasting Corporation. In the 1930s MacNeice allied himself with a group of poets of social protest led by W. H. Auden. His later poetry, written in a wide variety of verse forms, frequently expresses the loneliness and futility of modern life, while retaining the sparkling wit, ironical flatness of statement, the frequent theme of love, and the fluently colloquial tone of his earlier verse. His volumes of poetry include Poems, 1925–1940 (1940), Springboard (1945), Holes in the Sky (1948), Ten Burnt Offerings (1952), and Solstices (1961). He also rendered poetic translations of Aeschylus' Agamemnon (1936) and Goethe's Faust (1951).

See his Strings Are False: An Unfinished Autobiography (1966, repr. 2007); Collected Poems, ed. by E. R. Dodds (1967) and Collected Poems, ed. by P. MacDonald (2013); Letters of Louis MacNeice, ed. by J. Allison (2010); biography by J. Stallworthy (1995); studies by W. T. McKinnon (1971), D. B. Moore (1972), T. Brown (1975), R. Marsack (1982), P. MacDonald (1991), E. Longley (1996), and F. Brearton and E. Longley, ed. (2012).

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Collected Poems, 1925-1948
Louis MacNeice.
Faber and Faber, 1949
Poems, 1925-1940
Louis MacNeice.
Random House, 1940
Springboard: 1941-1944
Louis MacNeice.
Random House, 1945
Poems
Louis MacNeice.
Random House, 1937
The Earth Compels
Louis MacNeice.
Faber and Faber, 1938
Autumn Journal: A Poem
Louis MacNeice.
Random House, 1939
Autumn Sequel, a Rhetorical Poem in XXVI Cantos
Louis MacNeice.
Faber and Faber, 1954
Plant and Phantom: Poems
Louis MacNeice.
Faber and Faber, 1941
Ten Burnt Offerings
Louis MacNeice.
Oxford University Press, 1953
Out of the Picture: A Play in Two Acts
Louis MacNeice.
Faber and Faber, 1937
The Dark Tower: And Other Radio Scripts
Louis MacNeice.
Faber and Faber, 1947
Modern Poetry: A Personal Essay
Louis MacNeice.
Oxford University Press, 1938
Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Alexander G. Gonzalez.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Louis MacNeice (1907-1963)" begins on p. 204
"Your Thoughts Make Shape like Snow": Louis MacNeice on Stephen Spender
Brown, Richard Danson.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 48, No. 3, Fall 2002
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