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Louis MacNeice: The Living Curve

Alan Gillis

in Irish Poetry of the 1930s

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199277094
eISBN:
9780191707483
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277094.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter discusses Seamus Heaney’s idea of Louis MacNeice as a vital means of holding Ulster, Ireland, and England within the purview of a single imagination. It argues that such an idea, to be ... More


Louis MacNeice's Posterity

PETER McDONALD

in Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199235803
eISBN:
9780191714542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235803.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In his volume Visitations (1957), Louis MacNeice published the short poem ‘To Posterity’, in which a speaker in mid-career (MacNeice was fifty years old) tries to look beyond the horizon of his own ... More


Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

Peter McDonald

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199235803
eISBN:
9780191714542
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235803.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Do we want to read poetry, or just like having a few poets to talk about? The history of poetry in 20th-century Britain and Ireland is one which ends with the assimilation of successful poets into a ... More


MacNeice’s Dying Fall

C.D. Blanton

in Epic Negation: The Dialectical Poetics of Late Modernism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199844715
eISBN:
9780190231590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844715.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Whereas Auden’s elegies encode what they cannot quite mention, MacNeice’s Autumn Journal confronts the explicit task of “mentioning things,” compiling a documentary record of the fall of 1938 as ... More


To Build the Falling Castle: Louis MacNeice and the Drama of Form

Ian Whittington

in Writing the Radio War: Literature, Politics and the BBC, 1939-1945

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474413596
eISBN:
9781474444897
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413596.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Collectively, Louis MacNeice’s output of radio dramas and features represents one of the greatest achievements of wartime radio broadcasting in Britain. For MacNeice, already interested in poetic ... More


‘Felt Routes’: Louis MacNeice and the North-East Atlantic Archipelago

John Brannigan

in Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198795155
eISBN:
9780191836503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795155.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

In ‘Ode’ (1935), Louis MacNeice writes of the necessity to ‘become the migrating bird following felt routes…And without soaring or swerving win by ignoring / The endlessly curving sea and so come to ... More


Louis MacNeice in the Echo Chamber

Emily C. Bloom

in The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198749615
eISBN:
9780191813979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749615.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Few writers have had a longer career in radio broadcasting than Louis MacNeice, who was a BBC producer and writer from 1941 until his death in 1963. MacNeice’s early wartime broadcasting led him to ... More


Greek History in the Wartime Propaganda of Louis MacNeice

Amanda Wrigley

in Greece on Air: Engagements with Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s–1960s

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199644780
eISBN:
9780191760150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644780.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 5 considers Louis MacNeice’s multi-layered career as poet, classicist, critic, radio writer, and radio producer before examining some of his early scripts which responded to the contemporary ... More


Louis MacNeice and ‘The Paragons of Hellas’: Ancient Greece as Radio Propaganda

Peter Golphin

in Ancient Greece on British Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474412599
eISBN:
9781474449526
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412599.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

With television shut down for the duration of World War II, BBC radio became an essential medium for the transmission of information and propaganda. This chapter surveys the wartime radio features of ... More


‘An angry wind strumming the wires’: Poetry

Guy Woodward

in Culture, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198716853
eISBN:
9780191787218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716853.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The international success of post-war generations of Northern Irish poets in the final third of the twentieth century has eclipsed the work of writers who were present and active in the province ... More


Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time

Tom Walker

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198745150
eISBN:
9780191806087
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745150.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book focuses on Louis MacNeice’s creative and critical engagement with other Irish poets during his lifetime. It draws on extensive archival research to uncover the previously unrecognised ... More


The Deaths of Tragedy: The Agamemnon of MacNeice, Dodds, and Yeats

Peter McDonald

in Rediscovering E. R. Dodds: Scholarship, Education, Poetry, and the Paranormal

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198777366
eISBN:
9780191823084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777366.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on Louis MacNeice’s translation of The Agamemnon of Aeschylus (1936), which is often cited by classicists as well as by admirers of MacNeice’s own poetry as one of the most ... More


‘The lonely flight of Mind’: W.B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, and the Metaphysical Poetry of Dodds’s Scholarship

Tom Walker

in Rediscovering E. R. Dodds: Scholarship, Education, Poetry, and the Paranormal

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198777366
eISBN:
9780191823084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777366.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses E.R. Dodds’s relationship with modern poetry. While he is very much known as a professional classicist rather than poet, Dodds might still be enlighteningly thought of as a ... More


Faber and Irish Literature

Ruth Ling

in The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V: The Irish Book in English, 1891-2000

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199249114
eISBN:
9780191803383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199249114.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines Faber and Faber’s role in the growth of the literature of Ireland, with particular reference to its sponsorship of many Irish authors. It first looks at the history of Faber and ... More


“The Old Moon-Phaser”: Yeats, Auden, and MacNeice

Jonathan Allison

in Writing Modern Ireland

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780989082693
eISBN:
9781781382417
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780989082693.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This essay explores the relationships between W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and W. B. Yeats, with particular emphasis on how they grappled with what it means to be modern, the role of belief in ... More


Camera Consciousness

Lara Feigel

in Literature, Cinema and Politics 1930-1945: Reading Between the Frames

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639502
eISBN:
9780748652938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639502.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter explores the 1930s experiments with camera consciousness. Christopher Isherwood has Edward Upward's tutor's capacity to magnify and distort objects. The hyperreality of 1930s Germany is ... More


Bombed Churches

Allan Hepburn

in A Grain of Faith: Religion in Mid-Century British Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198828570
eISBN:
9780191871412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828570.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

More often than not, the blitz was represented by bombed churches. Images of St Paul’s Cathedral soaring above smoke and, in a more tragic key, the ruins of St Michael’s Cathedral in Coventry ... More


Poetry and the News

Jahan Ramazani

in Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226083735
eISBN:
9780226083421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226083421.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Among poetry’s most powerful interlocutors in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has been journalism. As the pressure of news has become increasingly pervasive, from the world wars to JFK’s ... More


Conclusion: Legacies of Radiogenic Aesthetics

Emily C. Bloom

in The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198749615
eISBN:
9780191813979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749615.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The conclusion examines two questions raised by this study of radiogenic aesthetics. The first asks what literary criticism gains when we pay attention to radio contexts? A reading of Louis ... More


Post-War Greek Comedy

Amanda Wrigley

in Greece on Air: Engagements with Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s–1960s

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199644780
eISBN:
9780191760150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644780.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 8 explores the life of ancient Greek comedy on BBC Radio. The 1946 production of Louis MacNeice’s Enemy of Cant (1946) offers fresh translations of scenes from most of Aristophanes’ plays ... More


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