Louis MacNeice Poems

Louis MacNeice was a well-regarded member of the Auden-Spender-Day Lewis group, although not the most famous. He collaborated with Auden on Letters from Iceland. He taught for a time, married, and continued to write. His collection, Poems, published in 1935 was one of his most successful.

Sunlight on the Garden

by Louis MacNeice

‘Sunlight on the Garden’ by Louis MacNeice is a poem about change, death, and accepting that life eventually ends.

One of the poet's best, and saddest, poems.

The sunlight on the garden

Hardens and grows cold,

We cannot cage the minute

Within its nets of gold;

Meeting Point

by Louis MacNeice

‘Meeting Point’ by Louis MacNiece is an eight-stanza poem that uses structure, rhyme, and metaphor to reveal the life cycle of a relationship.

Time was away and somewhere else,

There were two glasses and two chairs

And two people with the one pulse

(Somebody stopped the moving stairs):

Time was away and somewhere else.


by Louis MacNeice
Forty-two years ago (to me if to no one else The number is of some interest) it was a brilliant starry night And the westward train was empty and had no corridors

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