Writers on Writers Harry Clifton on Louis MacNeice's Autumn Journal
Chairperson: Paul Perry
Autumn Journal is widely regarded as Louis MacNeice’s masterpiece. The book is a verse diary of the closing months of 1938 and was published on the eve of war. In it, current events stir old memories: of Ireland, of his schooling, of his wife, whom he still greatly missed. The poem straddles the personal and the political, reflecting MacNeice’s description of himself as a man both “involved in personal relationships” and “a reader of newspapers.” Join Harry Clifton, the current Ireland Professor of Poetry, for a discussion on Autumn Journal and to discover why he rates Louis MacNeice, and Autumn Journal in particular, so highly.
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