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Louis Macneice

(12 September 1907 – 3 September 1963 / Belfast)

Louis Macneice
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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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  • ''blind wantons like the gulls who scream
    And rip the edge off any ideal or dream.''
    Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Among These Turf-Stacks (l. 17-18). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler ...
  • a fortress against ideas and against the
    Shuddering insidious shock of the theory-vendors
    The little sardine men crammed in a monster toy
    Who tilt their aggregate beast against ou...
    Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Among These Turf-Stacks (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Y...
  • ''Why do we like being Irish? Partly because
    It gives us a hold on the sentimental English
    As members of a world that never was,
    Baptized with fairy water;''
    Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Autumn Journal (XVI, l. 61-64). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (N...
  • ''And I envy the intransigence of my own
    Countrymen who shoot to kill and never
    See the victim's face become their own
    Or find his motive sabotage their motives.''
    Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Autumn Journal (XVI, l. 5-8). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. (New...
  • ''she gives her children neither sense nor money
    Who slouch arouond the world with a gesture and a brogue
    And a faggot of useless memories.''
    Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), Anglo-Irish poet. Autumn Journal (XVI, l. 124-126). . . Contemporary Irish Poetry; an Anthology. Anthony Bradley, ed. ...
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