On Wed, 4 Dec 1996, Anelle Kloski wrote:
> Neil: I really liked the poem by MacNeice. I have not read him
> before, but will try to look him up. I usually don't like rhyme, but
> "Bagpipe Music" worked well. Is this typical of his works? Is he widely
I know your question was not directed to me, but I know quite a bit about
McNeice's circle. He became a poet around the time W.H. Auden was up
and coming (they were at Oxford together)--and he was part of a group
of poets at Oxford of which Auden was the ringleader. The members of
this particular group were: W.H. Auden, Cecil C. Day Lewis (Daniel Day
Lewis' father), Stephen Spender, and Christopher Isherwood. Cecil C.
Day Lewis is quite famous in England, especially as a translator (he
translated Virgil's Aenead, I believe). It was Auden's dream to forge
a new poetry for England, and start a new artistic circle. Among his
friends in this new little circle, other than the above, he included
Benjamin Britten, the composer (with whom he collaborated), and others.
One of my poetry teachers feels that Louis McNeice is the most
accomplished poet (or best) in Auden's circle, other than Auden himself,
who is, in my mind, practically unparalleled in 20th century poetry.
I did a report on Auden's early poetry in my undergraduate years, and
learned all this then. I hope that this helps you out a bit.