AUTUMN JOURNAL by the same author THE EARTH COMPELS OUT OF THE PICTURE POEMS AUTUMN JOURNAL a poem by LOUIS MACNEICE Faber and . 8 quotes from Autumn Journal: ‘September has come, it is hersWhose vitality leaps in the autumn,Whose nature prefersTrees without leaves and a fire in. Written between August and December , Autumn Journal is still Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast in , the son of a Church of Ireland rector, later a.

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Autumn Journal

The Iron Wolf Ted Hughes. Powers of will and choice. After the warm days the rain comes pimpling The paving stones with white And with the rain the national conscience, creeping, Seeping through the night. It is October, The year-god dying on the destined pyre With all the colours of a scrambled sunset And all the funeral elegance of fire In the grey world to lie cocooned but shaping His gradual return; No one can stop the cycle; The grate is full of ash but fire will always burn. Autumn Journal The poem’s first edition.

The Land of Cockayne begins across the Channel.

Autumn Journal Quotes by Louis MacNeice

Macnelce dying that brings forth. Sleep, the past, and wake, the future. As it is, the so-called humane studies May lead to cushy jobs But leave the men who land them spiritually bankrupt Intellectual snobs.

A race no longer of heroes but of professors. And coming over the Chilterns the dead leaves leap Charging the windscreen like a barrage of angry 54 Birds as I take the steep Plunge to Henley or Hades. But the home is still a sanctum under the pelmets, All quiet on the Family Front, Farmyard noises across the fields at evening While the trucks of the Southern Railway dawdle.


What you want is not a world of the free in function But a niche at the top, the skimmings of the cream.

Hitler yells on the wireless. They are selling and buying the late. However reserved he was in company, his life and his feelings are in the foreground of his verse. For ever wherever two or three. MacNeice was afflicted all his life with nightmares; they were a big feature, traceable back to the time when he was five, and his mother was taken away to the asylum, never to return.

All that I would like to be is human, having a share In a civilised, articulate and well-adjusted Community where the mind is given its due But the body is not distrusted. We envy men of action.

Give us another drink. Tell you how he knows the thing he thinks he sees.

Intermixed with these more or less public and political events are more personal themes: Her mountains are still blue, her rivers flow Bubbling over the boulders. The classical education, first received and now imparted by MacNeice, and which is so integral to how he perceives and navigates mcneice world, is a large part of this uneasy self-image. Following the track from the gallows back to the town; Each has a rope at the end of his neck.

Dublin Castle, the vice-regal ball, The embassies of Europe, Hatred scribbled on a wall, Gaols and revolvers. The figures of the dance repeat The unending autumh of making and spending money, Eating our daily bread in order to earn it And earning in order to eat. And for a thousand years they went mscneice talking. So sleep in hope of this — but only for a little; Your hope must wake While the choice is yours to make, The mortgage not foreclosed, the offer open.


Full text of “Autumn Journal”

With fretted stone the Moor Had chiselled for effects of sun and shadow; With shadows of the poor, The begging cripples and the children begging. It is jurnal hard to imagine. September has come, it is hers Whose vitality leaps in the autumn, Whose nature prefers Trees without leaves and a fire in the fire-place 5 So I jpurnal her this month and the next Though the whole of my year should be hers who has rendered already So many of its days intolerable or perplexed But so many more so happy; Who has left a scent on my life and left my walls Dancing over and over with her shadow, Whose hair is twined in all my waterfalls And all of London littered with remembered kisses.

Off the bonnet; that little job is done. Must wash the grease of ages off the knives. It contains rapportage [ sic ], metaphysics, ethics, lyrical emotion, autobiography, nightmare. Or stepping into a fresh-filled bath with strata Of cold water and hot? People kept cockerels, hens, even rabbits on their window balconies and he was woken by cock-crow at all hours. And the boot-blacks in Madrid Kept us half an hour with polish and pincers And all we did In that city was drink and think and loiter.

Why do we like being Irish?