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The author of the book: Louis MacNeice
Edition: Faber Faber
Date of issue: April 7th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780571226764
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 35.34 MB
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Time was away and she was here
And life no longer what it was
The bell was silent in the air
And all the room one glow because
Time was away and she was here.
There is sound and meaning that can be found in only the greatest of poets in this collection. I wish that I would have read him decades ago, for his poetry moves with the music of the earth and the spirit. If you haven’t read MacNeice, get this collection or a larger collection, and read his poetry out loud. It is tightly written, and rich in every way. Two of my favorite poems from this collection are “The Sunlight in the Garden,” and “Nature Notes: Dandelion”, though there are many that I have read, paused in a reverie, and wished I had more people to share with.
The Sunlight on the Garden
The sunlight on the garden
Hardens and grows cold,
We cannot cage the minute
Within its nets of gold,
When all is told
We cannot beg for pardon.
Our freedom as free lances
Advances towards its end;
The earth compels, upon it
Sonnets and birds descend;
And soon, my friend,
We shall have no time for dances.
The sky was good for flying
Defying the church bells
And every evil iron
Siren and what it tells:
The earth compels,
We are dying, Egypt, dying
And not expecting pardon,
Hardened in heart anew,
But glad to have sat under
Thunder and rain with you,
And grateful too
For sunlight on the garden.
NATURE NOTES: DANDELIONS
They brightened the cinder path of my childhood.
Unsubtle, the opposite of primroses,
But, unlike primroses, capable
Of growing anywhere, railway track, pierhead,
Like our extrovert friends who never
Make us fall in love, yet fill
The primroseless roseless gaps.
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Read information about the authorBorn to Irish parents in Belfast, MacNeice was largely educated in British prep schools. He attended Oxford University, there befriending W.H. Auden.
He was part of the generation of "thirties poets" which included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Cecil Day-Lewis; nicknamed "MacSpaunday" as a group — a name invented by Roy Campbell, in his Talking Bronco (1946). His body of work was widely appreciated by the public during his lifetime, due in part to his relaxed, but socially and emotionally aware style. Never as overtly (or simplistically) political as some of his contemporaries, his work shows a humane opposition to totalitarianism as well as an acute awareness of his Irish roots.
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