Autumn Journal : A Poem (Faber Poetry) Paperback – October 31, 1998
"Dovetail" by Karen McQuestion
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- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0571197450
- ISBN-13 : 978-0571197453
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.31 x 7.8 inches
- Publisher : Faber & Faber Ltd (October 31, 1998)
- Language: : English
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I needed to look up a few contemporary names and incidents.
I also found some profound ways to look at contemporary politics. If you enjoy W.B. Yeats you might well like Louis Macneice, and be surprised to learn that such a person exists. You are unlikely to have encountered him in college and so this collection is an excellent introduction. I think Macneice would considered politically incorrect for all the wrong reasons.
Head and shoulders above his other works published that year is this poetic journal. In it, Macneice reflects on the approach of war, of the shame and empty hope of the Munich agreement and of of the descent of Spain into an ever-darkening civil war. He combines reflections on the turmoil of these major historic events with reflections on the turmoil of his personal life - recollections of a failed marriage, an unrewarding career as a university lecturer in Classics at Birmingham University, and a very recently failed relationship.
Although war had been avoided, it was clear that it remained inevitable - the bombs will soon begin to fall. The journal's final entry achieves a measure of philosophical acceptance, beginning thus:
'Sleep, my body, sleep my ghost,
Sleep, my parents and grand-parents,
And all those I have loved most:
One man's coffin is another's cradle.'
If this is the first book of Macneice's that you read, I am sure it will not be the last.
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From the first page, the reader is wrapped in his world, to the very end of this special work.