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Louis  MacNeice

Louis MacNeice

Overshadowed during his lifetime by the virtuoso achievements of his close friend W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice (1907—1963) has recently begun to receive the attention he deserves for his command of poetic craft and clear-headed depictions of a

Entirely
by Louis MacNeice

If we could get the hang of it entirely
   It would take too long;
All we know is the splash of words in passing   
   And falling twigs of song,
And when we try to eavesdrop on the great   
   Presences it is rarely
That by a stroke of luck we can appropriate   
   Even a phrase entirely.