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Louis MacNeice and His Legacy
Edited by Fran Brearton and Edna Longley
ISBN: 978 1 847771 13 1
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Irish, Memoirs, War writings
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: February 2012
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.
from ‘Snow’, by Louis MacNeice
Incorrigibly Plural celebrates the diversity and vitality of Louis MacNeice’s writing. Poets and critics illuminate the work of a writer whose achievement and influence is increasingly recognised as central to modern poetry in English. Contributions include responses to MacNeice by poets such as Paul Farley, Leontia Flynn, Nick Laird, Derek Mahon, Glyn Maxwell and Paul Muldoon; discussions by critics such as Neil Corcoran, Valentine Cunningham, Hugh Haughton, Peter McDonald and Clair Wills; and more biographical accounts, including a memoir by MacNeice’s son, the late Dan MacNeice.
For each of them, MacNeice remains a continuing presence for his insight into the mechanisms of the modern world, his complex political awareness, his ability to bring the historical moment alive. Above all, what emerges is pleasure in MacNeice’s plurality of language and forms.
More than a retrospective work of criticism, Incorrigibly Plural belongs to live debates about contemporary poetry.
List of Abbreviations
1 The Pity of It All
3 Pure Form, Impure Poetry, and Louis MacNeice’s Letters
4 ‘I will acquire an attitude not yours’: Was Frederick MacNeice a Home Ruler, and Why Does This Matter?
5 On MacNeice on Trains
6 ‘What am I doing here?’ Travel and MacNeice
7 MacNeice and Thirties (Classical) Pastoralism
8 Eclogues Between the Truculent
9 MacNeice’s Vehicles
10 ‘Who would be loved by a goddess?’ Graves, MacNeice, and the Lyric of Classical Myth
11 The Perning Birch: Yeats, Frost, MacNeice
12 ‘The ladies would say that he looked like a poet’: Tom and the Selling of Louis
ANNE MARGARET DANIEL
13 The Lives We Live
14 Turn and Turn Against: The Case of Autumn Journal
15 ‘The Parrot’s lie’: Autumn Sequel and the BBC
16 ‘Bulbous Taliesin’: MacNeice and Dylan Thomas
17 When I Think of MacNeice
18 ‘His Inturned Eyes’: MacNeice in the Woods
19 ‘Coming up England by a different line’: Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin
20 The Same Again? MacNeice’s Repetitions
21 The Seal and the Cat
Guide to Further Reading
Notes on Contributors
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
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