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Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time$
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Tom Walker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745150.001.0001

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Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time

Tom Walker

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This chapter covers MacNeice’s work of the late 1940s and early 1950s. It starts by situating John Hewitt’s advocacy of Ulster regionalism, as discussed in Chapter 2, within the context of a widespread emphasis on regionalist ideas and modes throughout the post-war culture of the British and Irish archipelago. MacNeice’s poetry of the period seems to be at odds with this trend, responding urbanely to foreign travel and residence in India and Greece, as well as celebrating friendship as a non-aligned form of community on the airwaves of the BBC. But the chapter shows that MacNeice through such work is nevertheless responding to a persistent discourse of cultural and geographical attachment, and sometimes becoming caught within it.

Keywords:   BBC, radio, regionalism, cosmopolitanism, India, Greece, Scotland, Byron

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