Attended Oxford, where he majored in classics and philosophy. In 1930, he married Giovanna Ezra and accepted a post as classics lecturer at the University of Birmingham, a position he held until 1936, when he went on to teach Greek at Bedford College for Women, University of London. In 1941, he joined the British Broadcasting Company as a staff writer and producer. Like many modern English poets, MacNeice found an audience for his work through British radio. Some of his best-known plays, including 'Christopher Columbus' (1944), and 'The Dark Tower' (1946), were originally written for radio and later published.
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- Prayer Before Birth
- The Sunlight on the Garden
- Sunday Morning
- The Suicide
- Bagpipe Music
- June Thunder
- House On A Cliff
- Soap Suds
- The Brandy Glass
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''blind wantons like the gulls who screamLouis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Among These Turf-Stacks (l. 17-18). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler ...
And rip the edge off any ideal or dream.''
a fortress against ideas and against theLouis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Among These Turf-Stacks (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Y...
Shuddering insidious shock of the theory-vendors
The little sardine men crammed in a monster toy
Who tilt their aggregate beast against ou...
''Why do we like being Irish? Partly becauseLouis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Autumn Journal (XVI, l. 61-64). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (N...
It gives us a hold on the sentimental English
As members of a world that never was,
Baptized with fairy water;''
''And I envy the intransigence of my ownLouis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Autumn Journal (XVI, l. 5-8). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New...
Countrymen who shoot to kill and never
See the victim's face become their own
Or find his motive sabotage their motives.''
''she gives her children neither sense nor moneyLouis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Autumn Journal (XVI, l. 124-126). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. ...
Who slouch arouond the world with a gesture and a brogue
And a faggot of useless memories.''
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