Louis MacNeice: The Poet in His Contexts

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byPeter Mcdonald

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Since his death in 1963, Louis MacNeice's critical standing has risen steadily. This new study addresses the contexts of MacNeice's writings which are of greatest relevance to his place in modern poetry: his problematic, and still controversial relationship with Ireland and his significancefor the understanding of the largely English `thirties generation' with which he is often identified. The influence of these contexts upon the nature of MacNeice's poetic development is studied in detail here together with the important questions of his relation to Yeats and Modernism. The bookexamines MacNeice's conception of parable as key imaginative response to these influences, and it includes the first study of the poet's revealing and little-known early writings. Peter McDonald demonstrates that MacNeice is a central figure in modern Irish and British poetry of greater substantialcomplexity than is often thought, and suggests that his through his work we should see its contexts in a challenging new light.

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Since his death in 1963, Louis MacNeice's critical standing has risen steadily. This new study addresses the contexts of MacNeice's writings which are of greatest relevance to his place in modern poetry: his problematic, and still controversial relationship with Ireland and his significancefor the understanding of the largely English `...

Peter McDonald is at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198117667

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'Through careful, impressively detailed reconstructions of the literary and political climates of the early and late 1930s, the war years, and the post-war period in Britain, he convincingly rescues MacNeice from the conventional critical estimates of his work ... When ... as in his study ofthe remarkable late poems, McDonald gets down to sustained analyses of those poems he unreservedly admires in their own complex right, as it were, he establishes himself as one of MacNeice's most astute critics.'Terence Brown, University of Dublin, Review of English Studies, Vol. 44, No. 176, Nov '93