Louis Macneice Poems
- Prayer Before Birth I am not yet born; O hear me. Let not ...
- Snow The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window ...
- The Suicide And this, ladies and gentlemen, whom I am not in ...
- Star-Gazer Forty-two years ago (to me if to no one else The ...
- The Sunlight On The Garden The sunlight on the ...
- House On A Cliff Indoors the tang of a tiny oil lamp. ...
- Autobiography My father made the walls resound, He wore his ...
Attended Oxford, where he majored in classics and philosophy. In 1930, he married Giovanna Ezra and accepted a post as classics lecturer at the University of Birmingham, a position he held until 1936, when he went on to teach Greek at Bedford College for Women, University of London. In 1941, he joined the British Broadcasting Company as a staff writer and producer. Like many modern English poets, MacNeice found an audience for his work through British radio. Some of his best-known plays, including 'Christopher Columbus' (1944), and 'The Dark Tower' (1946), were originally written for radio and later published.
Early in his career, MacNeice was identified with a group of ... more »
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''It's no go the Government grants, it's no go the elections, Sit on your arse for fifty years and hang your hat on a pension.''Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), British poet. "Bagpipe Music," Earth Compels (1938).
Prayer Before Birth
I am not yet born; O hear me.
Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the
club-footed ghoul come near me.
I am not yet born, console me.
I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me,
with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me,
on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.
I am not yet born; provide me
With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk
to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light
in the back of my mind to guide me.
I am not yet born; forgive me