In the centenary year of the births of WH Auden and Louis MacNeice, celebrations are scheduled for both. In many ways Auden might seem the stronger candidate; but there are signs, some of them coming from Ireland and its jealous feuds, that MacNeice is going to have just as much attention. [...]In his lifetime, he was sometimes treated as just one leg of Roy Campbell's composite caricature creature "MacSpaunday", along with his fellow "30s" poets - Spender, Auden, Day Lewis. But since his unexpected death in his mid-50s in September 1963 (he was the first of the four to die), there has been little doubt that the star of his reputation has been rising. This new and very handsome Collected Poems is one sign. [...]
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