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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Louis MacNeice: Selected full-text books and articles

Collected Poems, 1925-1948 By Louis MacNeice Faber and Faber, 1949
Poems, 1925-1940 By Louis MacNeice Random House, 1940
Springboard: 1941-1944 By Louis MacNeice Random House, 1945
Poems By Louis MacNeice Random House, 1937
The Earth Compels By Louis MacNeice Faber and Faber, 1938
Autumn Journal: A Poem By Louis MacNeice Random House, 1939
Plant and Phantom: Poems By Louis MacNeice Faber and Faber, 1941
Ten Burnt Offerings By Louis MacNeice Oxford University Press, 1953
Out of the Picture: A Play in Two Acts By Louis MacNeice Faber and Faber, 1937
The Dark Tower: And Other Radio Scripts By Louis MacNeice Faber and Faber, 1947
Modern Poetry: A Personal Essay By Louis MacNeice Oxford University Press, 1938
Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook By 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 By Brown, Richard Danson Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 48, No. 3, Fall 2002
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