Louis MacNeice: The Poet in His Contexts (Oxford English Monographs Series)

Louis MacNeice: The Poet in His Contexts (Oxford English Monographs Series)

by Peter McDonald, McDonald
     
 

Since his death in 1963, Louis MacNeice's critical standing has risen steadily. This new study addresses the contexts of his writing that are of greatest relevance to his place in modern poetry: his problematic relation to Ireland and his place in the largely English "thirties generation" with which he is often identified. The influence of these

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Since his death in 1963, Louis MacNeice's critical standing has risen steadily. This new study addresses the contexts of his writing that are of greatest relevance to his place in modern poetry: his problematic relation to Ireland and his place in the largely English "thirties generation" with which he is often identified. The influence of these aspects on MacNeice's poetic development is studied in detail, addressing his relation to Yeats and Modernism and his conception of parable as a key imaginative response to these influences. Included also is the first study of the poet's revealing and little-known early writings. Arguing that MacNeice is a central figure in modern Irish and British poetry, this work sheds new light on the poems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198117667
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
Oxford English Monographs Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Notex
Introduction: Canons and Contexts1
1.Poems (1935)10
2.Epitaphs for Louis: Early Writings37
3.The Falling Castle: 1936-193965
4.The Desert's Purge: 1939-194495
5.Experiment: 1945-1953130
6.Parable154
7.Nightmare and Cinders: The Late Poetry177
8.The 'Ould Antinomies': Ireland203
Bibliography230
Index237

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