Autumn journal by louis macneice is a famous piece of work in irish literature macneice writes about the period between august and december in 1938 when ireland had many men fighting in the spanish civil war irelands 100 favourite poems. Autumn journal is something ive been meaning to read at this time of the year for absolutely ages its appearance on an excellent recent edition of the backlisted podcast gave me the impetus to get on with it a long poem of twenty four cantos it vividly captures the last autumn of peace before the outbreak of the second world war. Autumn journal a poem by louis macneice read preview excerpt authors note i am aware that there are over statements in this poem eg in the passages dealing with ireland the oxford by election or my own more private existence there are also inconsistencies if i had been writing a didactic poem proper it would have been my job to
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