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Selected Poems: Poems Selected by Michael Longley (Poet to Poet: An Essential Choice of Classic Verse) Paperback – 19 Feb 2001

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (19 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571207103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571207107
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,615,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This selection of Louis MacNeice poems - chosen by Michael Longley - joins Faber's acclaimed Poet to Poet series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he read Classics. He has published nine collections of poetry including Gorse Fires (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and The Weather in Japan (2000) which won both the Hawthornden Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. His Collected Poems appeared in 2006, and his most recent collection A Hundred Doors (2011) won the Irish Times New Poetry Prize. In 2001 he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2007 to 2010.

Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast in 1907, the son of a Church of Ireland rector, later a bishop. He was educated in England at Sherborne, Marlborough and Merton College, Oxford. His first book of poems, Blind Fireworks, appeared in 1929, and he subsequently worked as a translator, literary critic, playwright, autobiographer, BBC producer and feature writer. The Burning Perch, his last volume of poems, appeared shortly before his death in 1963.

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...I thought I'd check this out as I had not heard of him, I'm ashamed to say, and this looked like a decent introduction to his work. It arrived in immaculate condition and I am delighted to have discovered Mr Macniece's work. Lovely when read out loud. Gentle, witty, soulful and kind with deep wisdom too. Only the second book of poems I've ever bought, being a pleb, definitely inspired to read more.
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It is presumptious to try to evaluate the poems of a first rate if neglected XXth Century poet; the neglect is due more to his having lived in an era that has gone out of fashion than from any lack of poetic inspiration. However as an introduction to a poet who must surely survive the whims of fashion, Michaerl Longley's selection of Macneice's work could hardly be bettered - just sample the music of the Bagpipe.
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Potent and powerful this master craftsman woos you to read even his unfinished autiobiography. Charismatic and gifted in his craft, it is a joy to discover his work and go on getting to know the poems which I hope will never be lost.
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Just what i expected, brilliant and in great condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underappreciated poet 21 May 2013
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If you know Louis MacNeice only from the frequently anthologized "Bagpipe Music," or not at all, Michael Longley's excellent selection provides a valuable introduction to his work. I have read it over and over and enjoyed it more each time.
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