- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (17 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571234380
- ISBN-13: 978-0571234387
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.6 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Autumn Journal Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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"'He completely seizes the atmosphere of the year of Munich. He tolls the knell of the political thirties with melancholy triumph.' Cyril Connolly"
Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice is an essential collection of poems from one of Ireland's most treasured poets.
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The great achievement of MacNeice in Autumn Journal is the way in which he blends public events with his own personal emotions and experiences. It explores the way in which political and social developments inform ones private existence, and how ones personal beliefs influence the way in which one reacts to and interprets those public events. For example, a beautiful use of language contrasts the way politician's reputations and stocks "go up" with the literal way the Czechs "go down", with Chamberlain's agreement with Hitler. However, MacNeice refuses to moralise, and he records his honest initial reaction, which was to "Save my skin and damn my conscience", in the relief that a war had been averted.
Autumn Journal successfully incorporates a strongly autobiographical flavour, with poems about MacNeice's Irish heritage and his classical education's relevance in the modern world.Read more ›
From the first page, the reader is wrapped in his world, to the very end of this special work.
There are memorable scenes from Spain and an English boarding school where he had been a teacher. A lovely book.
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The book has arrived promptly, safely and is exactly what I wanted. Much appreciated. Thank you, James.Published 1 month ago by James
Enjoyable reading which captures the feelings and spirit of the thirties and how this particular era impacted on others.Published 6 months ago by kate docherty
It's a great book, and I'm the type that scribbles notes in the margin, so the generous page formatting and quality paper was a definite plus for me. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nicole Ng