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Selected Poems
Louis MacNeice
Wake Forest is pleased to reissue the Selected Poems of Louis MacNeice, one of the pivotal poets of modern times, a significant volume edited by Michael Longley, a Wake Forest poet himself, and a principal poet of the contemporary literary scene. MacNeice has not generally been considered an Irish poet. Jon Stallworthy, his biographer, writes: "The Irish poets love MacNeice; they revere Yeats, but they don't like him.... That is sort of interesting in a way, because the Irish for a long time said, 'He's a British poet, so we don't need to bother with him, ' and the British said, 'Well, he's an Irish poet so we don't need to bother with him.' And now they see that he really did straddle the Irish Channel... " MacNeice] was very pleased, actually, to discover that his blood came from both the Protestant Irish and also the Roman Catholic Irish...He thought of Ireland as a single country, and he liked to address himself, as he thought, to Irish themes." Louis MacNeice's Selected must be on the shelf of any poetry reader who loves Irish poetry.
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